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Editorial: Sept. 11 is a time to remember, not hate

It has been nine years since the terror attacks of September 11, which killed Americans at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and at a field in Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 11, 2001, foreign terrorists unleashed the greatest attack on America since Japan's Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

Americans and the world that morning sat in shock watching the attacks and the aftermath unfold on television.

Thus, Sept. 11 became a moment in time seared into the collective memory of a generation.

America, as it always has, collected itself, shook off the dust and went on the attack. Many of the enemy are dead or captured, while others remain at large.

The fact remains America faces many terror threats around the world. It will be a continual battle for years to come.

The enemy is the terrorist and the related terror organizations, not the religion of Islam. The Muslim believers of the world are not more at fault for Sept. 11 terror attacks than Christian believers are for Timothy McVeigh's 1995 terror bombing in Oklahoma City.

America must resist the Islamic phobia that has arisen in recent years. Our country has overcome the German phobia of World War I, the Japanese phobia of World War II and the communist phobia of the 1950s. Hopefully, all Americans take the high road this decade and resist the religious intolerance that poisons much of our world.

On this anniversary of Sept. 11, all Americans should pause to remember that sad day. It has been a long heartbreaking nine years for the survivors and victims' families.