Sept. 11 is a date that is burned into the memories of all Americans who were alive on that day. With more than 3,000 lives lost, it qualifies as the largest terror attack on U.S. soil. The date inspires sadness and anger, but more than that, it inspires a unity among Americans who recognize a common enemy: Islamic terrorism.
But earlier in 2019, freshman Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar angered scores of patriotic citizens for whom the wounds of that day are still fresh. During a fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR,) Omar effectively dismissed the tragic reality of the deadly attack by simply referring to it as a day that “some people did something.”
For such a huge, fateful event to be reduced to such simple terms — such dehumanizing terms — was unfathomable to many.
That includes the son of victim Francis Haros, who perished in the World Trade Center at the age of 76.
As Nicholas Haros read the names of the other victims of the attack, his shirt (reading “Some People Did Something”) was clearly visible, as was a “Facebook Apostles” hat. It was obvious that this man at something to say, and boy did he.
“Good morning brothers and sisters in good faith,” he began. “Listen, ‘some people did something’?” He gestured at the front of his shirt.
“I am here today to honor my 76-year-old mother Francis on the solemn 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,” he continued. “Mom, we always miss you, and love you very much.”
He goes on to recount some of the other people he lost during that attack.
“This day I also remember over 200 personal friends and co-workers that I knew, that died,” he recalled. “I remember Virginia Fox, Warren Grifka, and Lou Aversano. And I remember your sons, and your daughters. Your parents and siblings, and all first responders. I remember all, I remember them all, and pray with you for them today.”
That’s when he launched into his attack on Omar’s statement.
“‘Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota,” he stated. “To support and justify the creation of CAIR? Today I’m here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that.
“Why your confusion? On that day 19 Islamic terrorists -—members of al-Qaeda — killed over 3,000 people and caused billions in dollars in economic damage. Is that clear? But as to ‘whom.’ I was attacked, our relatives and friends were attacked, our constitutional freedoms were attacked, and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked. That’s what some people did. Got that now?
“We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and the squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please. American patriotism and your position demand it. For God and country, amen.”
Haros’ comments were shared by many who were touched by the tragedy and inhumanity of 9/11. Many felt he spoke for everyone affected by the callous “some people did something.”
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