Rep. Allen West’s Statement on the 11th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks:

“On this day, we remember the unconscionable attack by the Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda on the United States of America. This attack resulted in the loss of thousands of men and women, and American lives were changed forever.

Even though 11 years have passed, we all remember where we were when the planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in western Pennsylvania. The attack resulted in the loss of mothers, fathers, children, teachers, business people, firefighters, police officers, members of our armed forces, and many more victims who were doing nothing more than going to work or boarding an airplane.

On that September morning, America was a vulnerable target. Our adversaries believed we were a “sleeping giant” that had drifted back to sleep. Instead, this atrocity awoke the “giant” and resulted in a reaction from our country against those who wished to tread upon us.

Today, thanks to the brave warriors of the American Armed Forces and our Allies, Osama Bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda has been diminished in Afghanistan and much of the Middle East and America has yet to see another attack of this magnitude on American soil.

Still, even with all of these accomplisments, we cannot become complacent.  Since 9/11, several attacks have taken the lives of innocent Americans.  The attacks on Fort Hood, Texas, as well as an attack at a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas, and last year’s attacks on Americans serving overseas in Germany, in addition to numerous attempts here and overseas are evidence a radical, hateful, determined enemy still exists and is just as dangerous as ever.

We must be evermore vigilant and resolute to crush this enemy and prevent its resurgence and fulfillment of its global aspirations. Because of this enemy, America must continue to fund its military and support its Armed Forces to the fullest extent.  The lives of all Americans depend on it.”

U.S. needs jobs, Congressman Allen West a voice of reason, and other reader letters

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September 30, 2011

We want jobs. Get behind the program. I don’t care how much the government has to spend. We want money put into the economy, and the best way is to create jobs. We need the teachers and first responders. We need to repair our infrastructure and our schools.

In the spirit of shared responsibility, the wealthy and businesses must share the burden. Seventy percent of the U.S. population thinks the wealthy should be taxed. They were the cause of the economic mess, and they should bail us out like we bailed them out.

OK, so you want to be an obstructionist. It’s good for politics. But it is not good for the country, it’s not patriotic, and you were voted in to represent your constituents. So, go ahead and obstruct, but when it comes time for the election, your constituents will remember.

Sandra Safran, Boynton Beach


Allen West a voice of reason on Muslim extremism

Congressman Allen West continues to state accurately the threat of violence arising from the Islamic ideology. He does so despite the continued disingenuous carping of the uninformed, America-is-always-wrong critics.

Coexisting peacefully with Islam is the goal, and it will be fully achievable when Muslims rid themselves of hate for religions other than theirs and when the leaders of that faith decry the teachings of achievement by any means, including through terrorism and violence. It is time that the threat is recognized and not concealed, says West.

Some years ago, Pope Benedict XVI noted that a philosopher had once described the Islamic faith as a religion of the sword. His comments resulted in the burning of two churches and the slaying of a nun, along with threats against the pope’s life.

After the 9/11 assault by Muslims on the World Trade Center and the homicide of some 3,000 innocent Americans, we witnessed video of jubilant Muslim parents being joined by their young children in street demonstrations. Muslim leaders were virtually silent in their condemnation of this behavior.

It is essential that Muslim leaders denounce all acts of terrorism by their Muslim brothers who constitute the extremist element.

In a recent poll, it was reported that extremist elements exist in many American Muslim communities.

The extent of this extremism is of concern to other members of Congress, including Rep. Peter King of New York, whose committee is investigating the extent of this home-grown terrorism.

Congressman West, a highly respected former Army lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a strong, articulate figure in the House of Representatives, and he is supported by Americans both in and outside of his South Florida district. We are fortunate to have his voice in Congress.

William Juneau, Parkland

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