New York has always held a sort of mystique to those from other places. Beyond the usual icons - the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, the Empire State building, etc. - is the feel, the attitude of those who call NY home.
The resolve and the reaction in the face of the terror attacks of 9/11 only solidified that image.
As the free world reeled from the shock, it was the people of New York who set the inspirational tone. How they reacted reminded us - and taught the Islamofascist murderers - that it would take a hell of a lot more than flying jet planes into tall buildings to bring freedom and democracy to its knees.
(Some say all it took was the election of Obama, but I digress...)
But now, some nine years later, many of us who hail from nations who also lost citizens in the attacks are wondering if some New Yorkers have forgotten the lessons of that day.
Word from the U.S. is that there is a very heated debate going on regarding plans to build a Mosque right near Ground Zero.
No, I did not make that up.
Imagine a Nazi shrine built in Auschwitz.
In a time when Canadian soldiers are fighting and dying in the war against Islamofascism in Afghanistan, while a societal struggle regarding the validity of the threat of Islam rages on at home between the naive politically-correct, pro-multicultural left and the wide-awake, realistic right, such a sign of subjugation is disheartening to say the least.
Those of us who stand vigilant against the infection of our free society by such harmful elements as 'honor killings' and Sharia law would consider a Ground Zero Mosque as the ultimate symbol of defeat.
And you can be damn sure the terrorists will see it as the ultimate symbol of victory.
Fortunately, there is a groundswell of opposition to the planned Mosque. Families of the twin tower victims have repeatedly voiced their distain, and groups likeStop Islamization of America (SIOA)have become very active in the debate. Hopefully their voices will be heard and they will make a difference.
If not, and the Mosque is built on the graves of the victims of radical Islam, citizens of the free world who once looked upon New York with admiration and awe in the aftermath of terror will instead wonder what the New York state of mind really is.