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"An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it eats him last."

- Sir Winston Churchill

"For once, let’s have no ‘grief counselors’ standing by with banal consolations, as if the purpose, in the midst of all this, were merely to make everyone feel better as quickly as possible. We shouldn’t feel better. For once, let’s have no fatuous rhetoric about ‘healing.’ Healing is inappropriate now, and dangerous. There will be time later for the tears of sorrow. A day cannot live in infamy without the nourishment of rage. Let’s have rage....

"As the bodies are counted, into the thousands and thousands, hatred will not, I think, be a difficult emotion to summon. Is the medicine too strong? Call it, rather, a wholesome and intelligent enmity....Anyone who does not loathe the people who did these things, and the people who cheer them on, is too philosophical for decent company....The worst times, as we see, separate the civilized of the world from the uncivilized. This is the moment of clarity. Let the civilized toughen up, and let the uncivilized take their chances in the game they started."

- Lance Morrow in a special edition of Time published after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"Let's roll."

- Todd Beamer

"You are shedding the blood of the innocent; if I had ten thousand lives, I would lay them all down, if called to it, in defense of my injured, bleeding country."

 - Nathan Hale

"In war there is much to be said for magnanimity in victory. But not before victory."

 - Margaret Thatcher, "The Downing Street Years" (1993).

 "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant."

- Japanese Admiral Yamamoto, upon learning that the Japanese had not completely destroyed the United States' Pacific fleet in the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

I found these two historic quotes from President James A. Garfield as I listened to the news on that Tuesday night, September 11, 2001. His words were particularly haunting to read as I listened to "I can't believe it," over and over from the television.

While President Garfield was speaking of Civil War dead, I am reminded of the innocent victims, the rescue workers and the Good Samaritans who gave their lives in New York, Washington D. C., and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

"Our Patriot Dead"


"...the darkness through which we have come..."

God Bless America.

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