Twelve years ago, 19 heartless terrorists left 2,996 families sorrowfully mourning. Twelve years ago, 19 heartless terrorists left 343 firefighters and paramedics dead after scrambling to save the lives of the innocent. Twelve years ago, 19 heartless terrorists left America mourning after watching our brothers and sisters die in front of our eyes because of a heartless invasion on America's freedoms.
A solemn September morning turned into a horrid attempt to terrorize the world's superpower. 12 years later, the world's most powerful democracy is still full of life. 12 years later, the cowardly founder of Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, is justly dead.
8:46 a.m. changed the outlook of one of America's favorite skylines. Two beautiful buildings stretching 1,776 feet were dismally gone. Pitch black smoke tragically permeated the bewildered sky. Thousands watched a clear blue shade transform into a chilling inferno, fueled by evil and rocked by hell.
Innocent children waited for mom or dad to return from work that day, anxiously expecting the doorknob to finally budge. The doorknob was motionless. At that point, so was their lives.
Husbands and wives stared into an unexplained void. No questions were answered, no information was revealed.
Perplexed leaders watched America's soul clawed into pieces. They watched in agony, precisely unsure of what to do next.
This was the day that changed America. This was the day that 2,996 harmless people rested in God's hands. They rested peacefully that night, but their families did not.
On this 12-year anniversary, the regime of Syria's tyrant is brewing into a global disaster. On September 11, nearly 3,000 died. Every month, thousands of innocent people are dying in Syria. Two million people have fled their home country, seeking a place of shelter.
On this 12-year anniversary, we give thanks to the 2,108 brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in an operation to defend our freedom. With their sacrifices in mind, a possible American intervention in Syria has sparked a national debate.
Either way, history shows that when innocent people die, someone must pay the price. Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is dead. Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has been ousted. Hosni Mubarak is in house arrest.
When innocent people die, someone must pay the price.