March 09, 2005

Statement on September 11th Anniversary by Senator Mike Crapo

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement regarding the two-year anniversary and remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks: â??As with many of you, there are many thoughts going through my mind as we remember the attacks two years ago on September 11th. All of the scenes from that day are indelible--police and fire crews rallying and getting everyone out of danger; people searching for loved ones; explosions; the fire at the Pentagon; the collapse of the Twin Towers. We learned hard lessons that day, and our country will never be the same. â??But today is also a time to remember what is happening in the world, and that the threat of terrorism is still very much evident around the world. We have been incredibly fortunate that we have not had further terrorist attacks of that nature. They are being planned. The United States is at war with terrorism. Thus far, we have been successful at stopping terrorist attacks. But even if we are successful at stopping them 99 percent of the time, when one gets through, it will have devastating impacts on us as a nation, as a people, on our economy, and in terms of personal loss of life. â??Today can be a time to renew our commitment to our country, our community and our neighbors. We must recognize that there is a lot of debate in America today about what our policy should be in Iraq and Afghanistan; and how we should treat the war against terrorism in terms of homeland security. That debate is good. Itâ??s healthy in our society for the clash of ideas to take place, and for people to debate how we must best proceed. But above all, I hope that September 11 brings to us a renewed commitment to the principle that we must protect ourselves, because global terrorism is a threat we truly face.â?? Crapoâ??s comments are available on a satellite feed this afternoon; time/coordinates follow:1:45â??2:15 p.m. Mountain Time/ 12:45â??1:15 p.m. PacificGalaxy 3 (C-Band) Transponder 7 HorizontalDownlink Frequency 3840Standard Audio# # #FOR INTERESTED MEDIA: A radio actuality is available by calling 1-800-545-1267. Press 327 at any time during or after the greeting and instructions. You can also access the actuality through the Internet at http://crapo.senate.gov or www.senate.gov/src/radio.