James Dobson on 9/11: Please Remember, If We Forget We Dishonor Memories of Our Heroes

James Dobson
James Dobson

Today, we reflect on a day of infamy.

There are few like them in American history. In my lifetime, there have only been two.

First, there was the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, killing 2000 of our soldiers. Franklin Roosevelt called it “a date which will live in infamy.”

Then, there was another day of infamy – fifteen years ago, today – when Islamic terrorists used our own airplanes to slaughter 3000 civilians.

When we stop to remember those images from September 11 we feel again the shock and horror. We recall the place we were as we saw those planes careen into our iconic landmarks, and we remember our anxiety as we watched our Air Force jets scramble and our stock market tumble.

We remember our humility as our nation fell to its collective knees in prayer and our unity as democratic and republican legislators stood on the U.S. Capitol in unashamed song and prayer to God. We remember our tears on behalf of those whose loved ones didn’t survive.

Then, there was our national pride as our President Bush stood on still simmering rubble and declared with a bull horn in hand that, “the people who knocked down these buildings will hear all of us soon.” Those few words from our Commander-in-Chief prompted the enlistment of a new generation of soldiers who were – once again –willing to die to keep us free.

Many of them did.

On that day nineteen terrorists aimed to bring down our democracy, but – in the end – they only galvanized our American resolve.

They provoked the same American patriotism that has caused countless dictators, authoritarians, communists, criminals and terrorists to face the unrelenting fury of our justice.

For America has never been ashamed of her values or her strength. Both have made the world better, and our citizens safer.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books. Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of child development. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame.