In the 16-month period following Osama Bin Laden's assassination in May of 2011, national confidence increased in a way that was almost reminiscent of the pre-9/11 days. The economy was gradually coming back from the Great Recession (much as the pre-9/11 economy was recovering from the "Dot-Com Crash") and -- more importantly -- there was a sense that the worst national security fears of the U.S. were behind us.
The brave U.S. special forces who killed Bin Laden brought a much needed sense of justice and closure regarding the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, and for many months President Obama was able to spin the symbolic victory into far more than what it was. But on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi claimed four American lives and shattered the false sense of security that had begun to creep back into the American psyche. Within a year of that attack, the Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured an estimated 264 people (last April), and the U.S. was forced to close over 20 embassies around the world because of terrorist threats (last month).
Making matters worse, the Obama administration misled the American public about 9/11/12 to preserve a presidential national security narrative that was critical to Obama's reelection about two months later. As the Washington Times recently reported, "As President Obama ran to election victory last fall with claims that al Qaeda was 'decimated' and 'on the run,' his intelligence team was privately offering a different assessment that the terrorist movement was shifting resources and capabilities to emerging spinoff groups in Africa that posed fresh threats to American security." more >>
The "Two Million Bikers to D.C." group that staged a massive rally in the nation's capital in honor of the victims of the Sept, 11, 2001 attacks has estimated that as many as 1.2 million bikers in total participated in the event, and announced they are planning a follow-up tribute next year as well.
"Yes, we ride again next year. Yes, we will keep this page going," the group said on its Facebook page. "Last reports we heard, riders were estimated at 1.2 million."
"So many personal stories, so many tears shed for this country and the tragedy on 9.11.01 some even rode with 9.11.12 in their hearts," they added. more >>
On Wednesday, people across the United States of America remembered the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Places like The Pentagon and New York City were the sites of ceremonies in remembrance of those lost.
While September 11 is most widely known in the American public consciousness as the anniversary of a national tragedy, it is also the date for other major events in human history. Other notable events include other somber occasions such as major battles and regime changes, but also more hopeful events like new year celebrations and birthdays of famous people.
So without further delay, here is a list in no particular order of other major past events that fell on the eleventh day of the ninth month. more >>
Police have arrested controversial small-time Florida Pastor Terry Jones on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, as he was en route to burn nearly 3,000 kerosene-doused Qurans at a local park in Polk County, Fla.
Polk County police pulled over Jones, the 66-year-old pastor of the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., as they drove in a pick-up truck to Mulberry's local Loyce Harp Park to burn 2,998 Qurans, meant to represent each of the victims killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks across America. The men were reportedly towing a barbecue-like grill and a truckload of Qurans, doused in kerosene.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a press conference Wednesday following Jones' arrest that the two pastors had met at a local McDonald's parking lot, where they proceeded to douse the Qurans in the pick-up truck with kerosene. Additionally, Jones reportedly carried a handgun on his hip, in plain view, while dousing the Qurans at the local food chain. The McDonald's manager complained to the men, who were then pulled over by police after leaving the restaurant parking lot. Jones was charged with unlawfully conveying fuel, a felony, and openly carrying a firearm, a misdemeanor. Sapp was charged with invalid registration for his trailer that hauled the grill and the felony of unlawful conveyance of fuel. more >>
Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends. So said Jesus Christ.
There are many heroes we can honor on 9/11. Such as those who fought back on the plane that went down in a field in Pennsylvania. (Said Todd Beamer: "It's time. Let's roll.") Such as all those firemen who went up the Twin Towers as they were burning from the terrorist attacks.
Thousands commemorated some of those heroic firefighters in runs across the US, including one called "Tunnels to Towers," to remember fallen fireman, Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11, trying to rescue as many as he could. At my pokey pace, I even got to run such a race in Ft. Lauderdale. more >>
NEW YORK – Max Lucado, bestselling author and preaching minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, has said that ultimately even the greatest human tragedies will be used by God in his new book You'll Get Through This.
Lucado's books have been featured on every major national bestseller list, and he was named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times. He served with his wife as a missionary in Brazil before beginning his career as a minister at Oak Hills Church in 1988. His 30th trade book, You'll Get Through This, released in September, examines how people can turn to God in times of intense personal suffering and conflicts.
Below is an edited transcript of Lucado's interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday regarding You'll Get Through This. more >>