Rep. Barletta Statement Regarding September 11th Anniversary
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding Sunday’s fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:
“If they were old enough to be aware at the time, there are few Americans who do not recall where they were on that beautiful late summer morning fifteen years ago. In a matter of minutes, our whole notion of the feeling of safety within our own borders changed. And when the details began to emerge and it became clear that it was a coordinated act of terrorism, our entire outlook on the world we occupied was altered dramatically.
“Today there remains a large, aggressive, and violent strain of radical Islam that views all outsiders as enemies to be eradicated because they do not share the same beliefs. Fifteen years ago, standard bearers of that mindset flew airplanes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, while others were forced into crash landing in a farmer’s field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 were killed that day, but the casualties attributed to terrorism have continued to increase with each passing year. Some attackers have been directly affiliated with al Qaeda, or its malevolent successor ISIS, while others have been followers and imitators. The results are the same: terrorism remains present, persistent, and deadly.
“Americans were united by the events of September 11, 2001 in a way seldom seen before or since. We remain at war with forces which would end our way of life if allowed to continue to expand, and defeating them will require our continued unity in the years ahead.”