We're proud to announce that this cartoon will be appearing in the weekend edition of Investor's Business Daily, available Saturday through Monday in major bookstore across America.
We created this cartoon for last year's anniversary of September 11, and we received more requests for a print of it than any other cartoon. Unfortunately the cartoon is so long we will not be able to put it in our next book. We're also not planning to go into the poster business anytime soon, so if you have wanted a printed version of this cartoon, pick up a copy of this weekend's Investor's Business Daily (the IBD Monday Special).
There's still much that needs to be done to ensure that we never again suffer a 9/11, from physically fighting terrorists and their state sponsors to intellectually fighting the advocates and apologists of Islamism. But one aspect is simple -- never forget what happened that day:
UPDATE I: From Mark Helprin via The Wall Street Journal: Three Years On: We still haven't learned the lessons of 9/11.
Three years after September 11, where do we stand?
Out of fear and confusion we have hesitated to name the enemy. We proceed as if we are fighting disparate criminals united by coincidence, rather than the vanguard of militant Islam, united by ideology, sentiment, doctrine, and practice, its partisans drawn from Morocco to the Philippines, Chechnya to the Sudan, a vast swath of the earth that, in regard to the elemental beliefs that fuel jihad, is as homogeneous as Denmark.
Too timid to admit to a clash of civilizations even as it occurs, we failed to declare the war, thus forfeiting clarity of intent and the unambiguous consent of the American people. This was a sure way, as in the Vietnam era, to divide the country and prolong the battle.
We failed not only to prepare for war but to provision for it after it had begun, disallowing a military buildup, much less the wartime transformation of the economy. In the First World War our elected representatives decisively resolved that "to bring the conflict to a successful termination all the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States." In the Revolutionary War we as a people pledged our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. [...]
Neither the [9/11] commission, the president, nor the Democratic nominee has a clear vision of how to fight and defend in this war. Partly this is because so many Americans do not yet feel, as some day they may, the gravity of what we are facing.
Posted by Forkum at September 10, 2004 09:28 AM