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Copyright © 2001 by Hugo S. Cunningham

Medal of Honor for UA93 Passengers -- Heroes!

The heroic resistance of passengers on Flight UA93 prevented the terrorists from crashing a giant gasoline bomb into another human target. Hundreds of American lives were saved.

"We're all gonna die, but three of us are going to do something ... I love you, honey."
--final cell phone call of Tom Burnett, UA93 passenger, to his wife.
[reported in "Boston Globe," Wed 12 Sep 2001, p. A10]

"You ready? Okay, let's roll."
--last recorded words of Todd Beamer, UA93 passenger
[reported in "The Observer International," Sun 2 Dec,6903.610331,00.html

"There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
-- Winston S. Churchill

"The dream of my life has risen to become fact. Self-defense in the ghetto will have been a reality. ... I have been a witness to the magnificent, heroic fighting of Jewish men in battle."
-- Mordecai Anielewicz, commander of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising (final letter, dated 23 April 1943)

The 11 Sep 2001 terrorists were able to use three of their captive aircraft as gasoline bombs against crowded buildings, murdering thousands. There is every reason to believe their plans were the same for Flight UA93 (Newark-San Francisco). But instead it crashed harmlessly in a corn field. Tom Burnett's last phone call suggests why.

The greatness of the American people lies in their willingness to take personal responsibility when necessary, rather than passively waiting on their rulers.

Even under the best political constitution, rulers can become arrogant, corrupt, or simply ineffective. And sometimes challenges arise that even the best-willed and trained professionals cannot deal with. With the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, our nation's first leaders cautioned their successors never to cut themselves off from the spontaneous support of ordinary Americans.

By honoring the passengers of Flight UA93, we will send a message to our enemies: though they may decapitate our leadership, our people will find in themselves the leadership needed to recover and go after them.

"The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
--J.R.R. Tolkien

2 Questions:


1. Cell phones save lives
2. A reference to Mordecai Anielewicz

1. Cell Phones.

2. A reference to Mordecai Anielewicz

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Subject: Medal of Honor for Flight UA93 passengers -- heroes!
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