The death and destruction visited upon 3,000 Americans by devout Mohammedans nine years ago, fulfilling the commands of their "holy" book, is well commemorated by other writers in the blogosphere. I will not add to their number, but only offer a few peripheral thoughts inspired by the occasion.
Let us reflect, this day, on the cause of canonization for Queen Isabel the Catholic, whose "reconquista" saved her country by the expulsion of the Moors. I have said often, and will repeat here, that the "war on terror" can and should be almost completely bloodless. If we deal with Islam appropriately here at home, there is no need for a "war on terror" in foreign lands.
The presence of Islam on American soil is absolute proof of the limits of religious pluralism and the insanity of religious "neutrality". The principle: nature abhors a vacuum.
At the link just above, a papal discourse on the burning of books:
The Church has always taken action to destroy the plague of bad books. This was true even in apostolic times for we read that the apostles themselves... burned a large number of books. It may be enough to consult the laws of the fifth Council of the Lateran on this matter and the Constitution which Leo X published afterwards lest "that which has been discovered advantageous for the increase of the faith and the spread of useful arts be converted to the contrary use and work harm for the salvation of the faithful." This also was of great concern to the fathers of Trent, who applied a remedy against this great evil by publishing that wholesome decree concerning the Index of books which contain false doctrine. "We must fight valiantly," Clement XIII says in an encyclical letter about the banning of bad books, "as much as the matter itself demands and must exterminate the deadly poison of so many books; for never will the material for error be withdrawn, unless the criminal sources of depravity perish in flames." Thus it is evident that this Holy See has always striven, throughout the ages, to condemn and to remove suspect and harmful books. The teaching of those who reject the censure of books as too heavy and onerous a burden causes immense harm to the Catholic people and to this See. They are even so depraved as to affirm that it is contrary to the principles of law, and they deny the Church the right to decree and to maintain it.
At the risk of possibly offending some readers, I must say that, in certain quarters, the attack of 9/11 has taken on the character of a quasi-religious event, rivaling even the crucifixion of Our Lord in its perceived villainy. Would that as many Americans commemorated Good Friday as commemorate 9/11! But if we are going to write American disasters into the eternal, collective consciousness of our nation, I think there are several better qualified candidates. Starting with September, we might consider commemorating the Battle of Chickamauga, fought on September 19-20 of 1863, in which 34,624 Americans died. Or perhaps the Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17 of 1862, in which 26,134 Americans died. I'm rather ashamed that I know next to nothing about these calamities. Of course, we inflicted these wounds on ourselves, so any commemorations would require a measure of shame and repentance. Which is not something Americans are particularly good at in 2010.