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Never Forget

It's been eight years. Hasn't that been long enough? Do we have to keep reminding ourselves again and again of that day in 2001 when for so many Americans the earth stood still?

We do, indeed, have to continually reminds ourselves of that day. We forget at a cost and the cost will be the same price -- or worse -- than we paid on 9-11-01.

"Why didn't we see it coming?" was one of the most often asked questions about that fateful day. The answer is that we were pre-occupied with trivialities such as shark sightings and which celebrities were sleeping with other celebrities. Forgetting will make us vulnerable again.

"Remember the Alamo," "Remember the Maine," "Remember Pearl Harbor" were slogans from our past. Their purpose was to remind us of why we went to war. Those wars ended. This one hasn't and so we must remember why we are at war and the objectives of our enemy.

We are being infiltrated by radicals and fundamentalists who know our ways and our laws and intend to use them against us to achieve their goals which include the destruction of this country and a transformation of our way of life. These are people who believe their God wants us dead. How many of them are among us? No one knows for sure, but they blend in with peaceful Muslims, as they do in other countries, and defy us to root them out. They are supported by the Saudis, who are funding mosques and Islamic schools, many with not so hidden agendas.

Our enemies want us to forget 9/11. We will do so at our peril. The war goes on. The resistance must continue or our freedoms will surely die.The only question is: which side has the staying power to win. They're betting we don't. Remember 9-11. Remember the dead. Remember.

Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.