Retired Attorney's Letter To His Sons
A retired attorney wrote the following to his four sons, May 19 2004.
As your father, I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the present world situation. We have over the years discussed a lot of important things, like going to college, jobs and so forth. But this really takes precedence over any of those discussions. I hope this might give you a longer-term perspective that few and fewer of my generation are left to speak to.
To be sure you understand that this is not politically flavored, I will tell you that since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who led us through pre and WWII (1933 - 1945) up to and including our present President, I have without exception, supported our Presidents on all matters of international conflict.
This would include just naming a few in addition to President Roosevelt - WWII: Present Truman - Korean War 1950; President Kennedy - Bay Of Pigs (1961); President Kennedy - Vietnam (1961);  eight presidents (5 Republican & 4 Democrat) during the cold war (1945 - 1991); President Clinton's strikes on Bosnia (1995) and on Iraq (1998). 
Be sure to read this as completely as non-political as possible or otherwise you will miss the point.
Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII).
The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means.
First, let us examine the basics:
1: When did the threat to us start?
Many will say September 11th 2001. The answer as far as the United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to 2001, with the following attacks on us: Iran Embassy Hostages. 1979; Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983; Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983; Lockerbie, Pan Am flight to New York 1988; First New York World Trade Center attack 1993; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996; Nairobi Kenya US Embassy 1998; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998; Adem Yemen US Cole 2000; New York World Trade Center 2001; Pentagon 2001. (Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 attacks worldwide). 
2: Why were we attacked?
Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush - I, Clinton and Bush - II. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats, as there were no provocations by any of the Presidents or their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford or Carter