Today is the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. To mark the occasion, the former Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden is speaking out to issue a warning about the greatest threat to America today.
Robert O’Neill, a former member of the elite SEAL Team Six, told Fox News that while there are fears about a resurgence of radical Islamic terrorism, the U.S. has far bigger problems closer to home.
“My biggest concern is the division in this country,” O’Neill said. “Most people are good to each other. But the anger and the division gets the ratings, and that’s what people hear. A lot of people know if they keep people divided, they can stay in power, and it’s wrong. We can disagree with each other, but we’re on the same team when it all comes down to it.”
O’Neill went on to say that while 9/11 should always serve as a reminder of the thousands of lives that were lost, it should also be a reminder of shared American values.
“There were people running out of the towers to live, and there were policemen and firemen running up to die. And we have those people there, and it’s very, very important to realize that,” he said. “Those are the good guys, and they’re out there. When the demons come, someone’s going to be there to defend you, and America should realize that.”
O’Neill then talked about being in Kosovo for a peacekeeping mission during the 9/11 attacks with SEAL Team Two.
“That was as close as we ever thought we’d get to combat because there wasn’t war on the horizon,” he said, going on to recall sitting in an “operation center” with the TV on. “Suddenly, a breaking news segment came on the TV that left him speechless.
“We were looking at it, at the North Tower, and guys were saying, ‘You know, a small plane? That’s a huge building, that’s a really big hole, and that’s a clear day. This is weird.’ And we were all talking about it with some other SEALS and some intelligence people,” O’Neill remembered. “And then the second plane hit the south tower, and that’s when we all knew immediately – this is an attack.”
O’Neill’s biggest concern is how quickly the U.S. has seemed to forget what the struggle against Islamic terrorism means.
“People do need to realize that, you know, as opposed to yelling at each other on social media – there’s an enemy out there that wants to kill all of us. And it doesn’t matter, really doesn’t matter, what you look like – it’s your ideology,” O’Neill said. “You don’t believe what they think you should believe, and they’re going to kill you.”
“One of their sayings is, ‘The Americans have the clock, but we have the time,'” he added. “They’re going to adapt.”
On the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, O’Neill called on Americans to find common ground and stand united in shared American values.
“One of my friends Dakota Meyer always says, ‘I don’t want another 9/11, but I’ll take another 9/12 because it united all of us,'” he concluded, referring to a U.S. Marine Medal of Honor recipient. “And not just Americans, but our way of life, because I think it was 84 countries lost people in the twin towers.”
O’Neill is a true American hero, and every American should heed his warning on this solemn day. Please find out more about how he killed bin Laden in the video below.
This piece was written by James Samson on September 11, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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