Opinion: Remember 9-11 on the 20th Anniversary

Fmr. Sen. George Nodland, R-Dickinson, shares his thoughts on anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001

Fmr. Sen. George Nodland, R-Dickinson

September 11, will be the 20 year anniversary of the first attack by a foreign country on the United States. I remember it as it happened yesterday! It was a clear, crisp September day in Dickinson. I had just started my daily work at the Bank when someone said one of the twin towers in the World Trade Center in New York was hit by a commercial airline plane. We thought it was an accident for a while until the second tower was hit by another commercial airline plane. Then a third airline plane hit the Pentagon and later a fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Just under 3,000 Americans died from the four sites. I was sure the Third World War started! In the months following, the United States declared war on the Islamic terrorists who were financed by an Al Qaeda terrorist organization headed by Osama bin laden. The Department of Homeland Security was formed to protect us Americans from another attack. Many travel restrictions were imposed for our safety. America was changed, not to be the same again!

Since then, thousands of American military soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and Marines have served in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting the terrorists seeking revenge for the attacks and preserving the safety of us in America and keeping terrorists from attacking us on our America homeland. Many soldiers have died and many soldiers have permanent physical and emotional wounds from serving their country in the area. May 2, 2011, Osama bin laden was killed by United States military personal- one who was born and raised in Montana. Our country then started to reduce our military presence in the area after this event.

At the present time, Afghanistan is being taken over by the Taliban organization. Our American citizens are trying to leave the country due to fear for their lives. It is not a very good situation for America again, 20 years later. The Al Qaeda organization seems to be growing in size again, funded by people who literally hate America and want all Americans dead. As of this writing, ISIS Jihadists have bombed one time, killing 13 American soldiers, wounding 15 other soldiers and killing at least 90 Afghans. Our country's leadership is scrambling to find a way to get our citizens out of the country safely. We also are leaving a sizable amount of military equipment and intelligence for the Taliban to take and use against us in the future. It is a disgraceful and embarrassing situation for America!

America has a history of helping countries that are under a dictator or totalitarian ruler both with military personal and monetary help. The inhumane treatment of people is not accepted by American standards! We have been blessed with the resources and the desire to help someone who wants a life of freedom like we have in America. My concern is how many American citizens will be held hostage or lives lost before this situation is resolved. Our President (Commander-in-chief) and congress need to command our military to assist every American citizen in getting out of the country with all our military resources available! Our military’s main function is to provide for the safety and security of American citizens first and foremost! The Taliban will take advantage of this situation and possibly attack our homeland again in the near future!! Do we want another 911?

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