By Edward Cline ~
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, I was in the front office of a Newport News, Virginia, insurance broker, where I was employed, when a woman from another firm rushed in through the front door and asked, breathlessly, “Do you have a TV or a radio? There’s something big going on!” One of my coworkers had a radio but there was nothing “big” being reported on it. There was, however, a TV in the conference room. We turned it on to be greeted by shocking footage of one of the World Trade Center towers wrapped in smoke. A plane had crashed into it. As we watched a second plan ploughed into the second tower. The newscaster announced, almost as though the words were escaping his mouth against his will, “It seems we’re under attack!”
Now, at the time I had just signed a book contract for the Sparrowhawk historical series, which dramatizes why the American Revolution happened. It was not yet finished. The rest of the series had yet to be written. I had invested twelve years of my life in researching and writing it, and would invest three more, all the time without much hope of finding a publisher. But I’d found one. I knew instinctively that this event would change things in this country and around the world. As the details poured into the news, I just assumed that the book project would be cancelled, just when I’d succeeded in accomplishing the impossible. That day, I could no longer work. I went outside, sat on the parking lot curb, and cried. I left the office and drove home, to Yorktown, sobbing as I drove. When I got home, the landlord’s TV was full of more details, showing the collapse of the first tower, and later, the collapse of the second. Horrendous casualties were reported, thousands of people perished. Cameras caught people jumping to their deaths from eighty floors rather than be burnt or roasted alive by the fierce heat. The various newscasters began to repeat the appraisal that this was worse than was the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
When I trusted myself to speak without breaking down again, I went to my apartment next door and called the publisher in San Francisco. I asked if, in lieu of this calamitous event, the Sparrowhawk series would still be published. Without missing a beat the publisher calmly and emphatically answered, “Yes!” and that it would debut on schedule. And indeed, Book One: Jack Frake of the series appeared in 2002. I finished the series, and by 2007 the whole series had been published, and to better reviews than I had expected.
I thought then – and I still think so – that Americans would need the series more than ever given what was now being accepted as a deliberate attack on this country. They would need to know where this country came from and where it could go from here. The 9/11 attack on this country was a personal attack on me, on my values, on my life. I will never change that appraisal. The attack was a statement that could not be misunderstood – except by those whose first reaction was to blame America and to treat Islam as a wronged “victim,” – and that statement was: We hate you, and will conquer or destroy you! We hate you, we envy you, and our souls are nothing but bile. You love life, we love death!
Since then I have written many more novels, and a political column, Rule of Reason ,and my own my blog site, which mirrors Rule of Reason . I have devoted nearly two million words to discussing the depredations of Islam and the peril Islam poses to Western civilization, in addition to the retreat of our government and most Western governments cravenly retreat from the necessity of answering Islam’s declaration of war with retaliation. For indeed Islam has declared war on the West, and this had been going on for decades before 9/11 (remember horrific incidents such as the plane hijackings of the 1970s and the Munich massacre?)
For as long as I live, I will never forgive Islam – how does one “forgive” a totalitarian philosophy that worships death?-and I can only repeat here what Pamela Geller said at a recent anti-Islamization conference: It’s not the fanaticism of the jihadis that concerns and worries me, but the unwillingness of our “defenders” to identify the enemy and take the proper measures to combat and eradicate him.
Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Edward Cline is the author of the Sparrowhawk series of novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period, of several detective and suspense novels, and three collections of his commentaries and columns, all available on Amazon Books. His essays, book reviews, and other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Information Ethics and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Rule of Reason, Family Security Matters, Capitalism Magazine and other Web publications.