What We Learned from the 9/11 Attacks

By | September 11, 2018

[September 11, 2018]  Good leadership means bringing people together for a good cause.  It means that regardless of the circumstance, a leader must make every effort to ensure that our common goals are achieved to the benefit of everyone.  Today, on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 Islamic attacks on America, is a good time to relook at those things we have learned since.

“September 11 is one of our worst days but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood for and stand for.” — Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator from Tennessee

Here is what we learned:

 American core values matter a great deal:  Liberty and Freedom, Family, Equality, Faith, Defender of the Helpless, etc.  These are many of those things that make Americans what they are today.  It makes us better, stronger, and more resilient.  No one should be surprised that the United States is the envy of the world.  See these links for specifics on American core values: here, here, and here.

There are and always will be heroes among us:  The brave and selfless acts of the firefighters, police, passers-by, volunteers, and the many unknown among us proved that Americans have the courage and we are generous with it.

We must continue to honor our first responders and military: First responders and our military are risking their lives and health daily to defend us against terrorism and the insidiousness of our own citizens who support the terrorists’ death cult.

Terrorism must never win:  Terrorism is designed to terrorize and punish for a perceived wrong.  Terrorism as a strategy can never win without the supplication of those they want to dominate.  The strength of character and resolve will help us overcome it.

All of us must do our part:  Everyone plays a part.  Not just our first responders and military but every citizen must do their part to recognize the causes of terrorism and how to be vigilant in our fight to stop terror from taking innocent lives.

How we respond in times of adversity determines our character:  We cannot let our core values be compromised in either the pursuit of stopping terrorism or how we behave once an attack occurs.  That is what separates good from bad and a democratic country from the evil that supports terrorism.

Use this day to remember.  Use it to remind yourself to be stronger, better, and more committed to our core values.

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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23 thoughts on “What We Learned from the 9/11 Attacks

  1. Mike Baker

    This article is why I keep coming back to General Satterfield’s website.

  2. Andrew Dooley

    WOW. Great article with logic and emotion mixed to make us use our heads about where we are as a society and as a people of hard working, logical thinking, and focused humans.

  3. Ronny Fisher

    It could not have been said better. We learn more about ourselves in times of diversity than in any other times in our lives. Great job on this article today. I recommend we all reread this blog post to again “think”.

  4. Bryan Lee

    Another on target article that makes me think. Great job. Keep ’em coming so that the lazy people like me will be forced to use our brain for the good of others.

  5. Danny Burkholder

    A good article for us to read and contemplate for the day. Thanks for the reminder of what we learned and value so much. Well done.

  6. Drew Dill

    Many will disagree from their armchair and make predictions when they are comfortable. But when things get tough, they will pee themselves and embarrass themselves and their children for their lack of understanding on this issue of Islamic terrorism and those who support them.

  7. Dale Paul Fox

    The anniversary of this event should always be seared into the minds of all those who are civilized and not in a 5th Century death cult.

  8. Willie Shrumburger

    Who could fail to agree with this? Only evil can. Thanks for another great article.

  9. Albert Ayer

    Tragic circumstances brings out the best in those with the greatest character. Super article, keep up the good works. Thanks also to all my American friends and those from across the globe who are fighting terrorism.

  10. Lynn Pitts

    Great comments on the anniversary of this tragic day. Yes, we pulled together and that is our strength.

  11. Roger Yellowmule

    Not many will agree with me but the U.S. has not done enough to crush such extremism. Europe is weak and most Eastern nations are too stupid to realize what is happening to them.

  12. Eric Coda

    Great article. Thank you for this on such a very special day.

  13. Jerome Smith

    Patriotic and spot on with this article. Thank you for your service Gen. Satterfield and best wishes to all who serve and have served in our armed forces.

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