The second attack plane approaches.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, I was in the front
office of a Newport News, Virginia, insurance broker, where I was employed,
when a woman from another firm rushed in through the front door and asked,
breathlessly, “Do you have a TV or a radio? There’s something big going on!”
One of my coworkers had a radio but there was nothing “big” being reported on
it. There was, however, a TV in the conference room. We turned it on to be
greeted by shocking footage of one of the World Trade Center towers wrapped in
smoke. A plane had crashed into it. As we watched a second plan ploughed into
the second tower. The newscaster announced, almost as though the words were
escaping his mouth against his will, “It seems we’re under attack!”

Now, at the time I had just signed a book contract for the Sparrowhawk historical series, which
dramatizes why the American Revolution happened.  It was not yet finished. The rest of the
series had yet to be written. I had invested twelve years of my life in
researching and writing it, and would invest three more, all the time without
much hope of finding a publisher. But I’d found one. I knew instinctively that
this event would change things in this country and around the world. As the
details poured into the news, I just assumed that the book project would be
cancelled, just when I’d succeeded in accomplishing the impossible. That day, I
could no longer work. I went outside, sat on the parking lot curb, and cried. I
left the office and drove home, to Yorktown, sobbing as I drove. When I got
home, the landlord’s TV was full of more details, showing the collapse of the
first tower, and later, the collapse of the second. Horrendous casualties were
reported, thousands of people perished.  Cameras caught people jumping to their deaths
from eighty floors rather than be burnt or roasted alive by the fierce heat. The
various newscasters began to repeat the appraisal that this was worse than was
the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941
The complete collapse of the World Trade Center

.

When I trusted myself to speak without breaking down again,
I went to my apartment next door and called the publisher in San Francisco. I
asked if, in lieu of this calamitous event, the Sparrowhawk series would still be published. Without missing a beat
the publisher calmly and emphatically answered, “Yes!” and that it would debut
on schedule. And indeed, Book One: Jack
Frake
of the series appeared in 2002. I finished the series, and by 2007
the whole series had been published, and to better reviews than I had expected. 
I thought then – and I still think so – that Americans would
need the series more than ever given what was now being accepted as a
deliberate attack on this country. They would need to know where this country
came from and where it could go from here. The 9/11 attack on this country was
a personal attack on me, on my values, on my life. I will never change that
appraisal.  The attack was a statement that
could not be misunderstood  – except by those
whose first reaction was to blame America and to treat Islam as a wronged “victim,”
– and that statement was: We hate you,
and will conquer or destroy you!
 We hate you, we envy you, and our souls are
nothing but bile. You love life, we love death!
Since then I have written many
more novels, and a political column, Rule
of Reason
,and my own my blog site,
which mirrors Rule of Reason .  I have
devoted nearly two million words to discussing the depredations of Islam and
the peril Islam poses to Western civilization, in addition to the retreat of
our government and most Western governments  as they cravenly retreat from the necessity of
answering Islam’s declaration of war with retaliation. For indeed Islam has
declared war on the West, and this had been going on for decades before 9/11
(remember horrific incidents such as the plane
hijackings of the 1970s
and the Munich
massacre
?)
Sparrowhawk Endures
For as long as I live, I will
never forgive Islam – how does one “forgive” a totalitarian philosophy that
worships death?—and I can only repeat here what Pamela Geller said at a recent anti-Islamization
conference: It’s not the fanaticism of the jihadis that concerns and worries
me, but the unwillingness of our “defenders” to identify the enemy and take the
proper measures to combat and eradicate it.