Letter from Debra Burlingame re 9/11

Please join with me as we pray for our Nation. We need to acknowledge God's Allness and turn to him for comfort and strength. A verse from Matthew 9 came to mind as I reflected on her letter. Jesus said to his disciples, "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest." We are the laborers and it is our time to be vigilant. If not us, then who? Debra's letter follows:

Dear Friends,

I have spent the last 20 years remembering my brother and the 2977 people who were brutally murdered in an act of war carried out by Sunni extremists, jihadist terrorists who seek to impose their cruel form of shariah law on all the world.

This was a wake-up call for most Americans. And some five million of them answered that call. They left their jobs they interrupted their college studies, and they said goodbye to their families to defend and protect their country under the colors of their flag. They went to war.

Some of those who served in combat were only children on 9/11 and some were the children of those brave and valiant firefighters and cops who died in the Twin Towers.

These people have been my inspiration. They and their families restored my hope, and affirmed my belief in the goodness of my fellow human beings. I will "never forget" them, because they never forgot 9/11 and my brother, his passengers and crew, all those who died that terrible day.

This year this Saturday, as I stand at the Pentagon just a few yards away from where American 77 struck the building, I will be remembering the bravehearts of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and all the other post-9/11 military operations where they were sent, not to engage in a "forever war" but to secure "forever peace"--the phrase a British MP, NATO ally , combat vet-Afghanistan, used so effectively in a speech to his peers.

This anniversary, another American president will address the nation. But it will be a bitter day. Because this is a president who has betrayed his troops, and his country.

For the first time in 20 years I believe we are in greater danger than we were before 9/11. The evil men who harbored Osama bin Laden and gave safe passage to terrorists to train for their murderous attacks have now been installed the ruling government of this 'New Taliban' nation. The list of cabinet ministers is a who's who of global terrorists, including:

Sira Juddin Haqqani-still wanted by FBI offering $5 million for information leading to his capture

Mullah Hassam Akhund-previously the foreign minister who harbored bin Laden

Malani Yacoob-the son of Mullah Omar, who founded the Taliban

4 of the 5 Taliban senior leaders who were released from Gitmo and traded for the Army deserter Bergdahl

We have lost lost so much since this defeat was engineered from the White House and approved at the highest levels of the Defense Department.