Twenty years ago, 19 of my fellow Arab Muslims carried out the worst foreign attack on American soil in history.
Slipping into the country legally and apparently without raising alarm bells among our intelligence and law-enforcement communities, these members of al Qaeda, a radical Islamist group bent on jihad, crashed two commercial airliners into New York’s World Trade Center towers and a third plane into the Pentagon.
They failed with a fourth aircraft because of the actions of courageous and selfless passengers.
As a result, nearly 3,000 people were murdered that day, and many more have succumbed to related injuries in the ensuing years.
I mention all this not to recall the obvious, but to make the point that such immense harm to our nation could be effected by a small group of dedicated terrorists.
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