BettyJean Kling – Hat tip to El Marco
America is far from intolerant on the day of the attack we lived and worked peacefully and peaceably with all races, creeds and religions. Indeed among those lost were people from 55 nations, all working shoulder to shoulder never giving a thought to who was or was not a Muslim. But that was before 9/11/01, before 19 Islamic extremists made it necessary because they attacked the World Trade Center. This second attack on the World Trade Center made it very clear that Islamic extremists declared war on unsuspecting working Americans in the lower Manhattan Financial District and clearly they continue to target NY and other US cities in the name of their religion. This is not of our choosing – it is of theirs as they attack in the name of Allah, call us Infidels, threaten our lives and liberties and demand we succumb to their value system or die. We will not acquiesce, we will not negotiate and we will not be fooled or lulled into complacency while they attempt to use our freedoms to their own ends.
Dutch Parliamentarian and freedom fighter, Geert Wilders, gave an outstanding speech.
“My friends, I have come from the other side of the Atlantic to share your grief for those who died here nine years ago. I have not forgotten how I felt that day. The scenes are imprinted on my soul, as they are on yours.
But our hearts were not broken in the same way as the hearts of the relatives and friends of those who lost their lives here. Many relatives of the victims are here in our midst today. I wish to take this opportunity to express my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to them and to all of the people of New York and America.
Humbly, I stand here before you as a Dutchman and a European.
I, too, however, cannot forget. How can anyone forget? Let me remind you of the words from Darryl Worley’s 9/11 song.
Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
Worley’s response is our response: No, we will NEVER forget. We are here today because we have not forgotten all the loved ones that were lost and those left to carry on. And neither has the world. When the forces of Jihad attacked New York, they attacked the world.
Among those lost were people from 55 nations, people of every religion and every persuasion. No place on earth had a more multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-lingual workforce than New York’s proud towers
That is exactly why they were targeted. They constituted an insult to those who hold that there can be no peaceful cooperation among people and nations without submission to Sharia; to those who wish to impose the legal system of Islam on the rest of us.
But New York and Sharia are incompatible. New York stands for freedom, openness and tolerance. New York’s Mayor recently said that New York is “rooted in Dutch tolerance.
Those are true words. New York is not intolerant. How can it be? New York is open to the world. Suppose New York were intolerant. Suppose it only allowed people of one persuasion within its walls.
Then it would not be New York, it would be New Mecca, a city without freedom. …”
“Mayor Bloomberg forgets, however, that openness cannot be open-ended. A tolerant society is not a suicidal society.
A tolerant society like your city New York must defend itself against the powers of darkness, the force of hatred and the blight of ignorance. It cannot tolerate the intolerant – and survive.
This means that we must never give a free hand to those who want to subjugate us.”
“Did New York deserve this? Did America deserve this? Did the West deserve this? What, my friends, would you say to people who argue that New York, that America, that the West had itself to blame for those horrible sounds?
There are people in this city who argue this. And they are angry because we are gathered here today to commemorate, to make a stand, to draw the line. My friends, I have come from the other side of the Atlantic to share your grief for those who died here nine years ago. I have not forgotten how I felt that day.”
Hat tip to and photos by El Marco