Remembering 9/11

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On the decade anniversary of one of the most horrific acts ever perpetrated by humans against other humans, I would like my fellow US citizens to reflect carefully upon these words, spoken by George Washington in his farewell address to the nation when voluntarily relinquishing the Presidency in the grand tradition of Cincinnatus:

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it – It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it?