As I'm sure most of you remember, Tuesday is the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that happened on September 11, 2001, in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
It was a remarkable day just as it is remarkable that six years have already zoomed by since then. When we are young, the days can't pass fast enough, but once we become adults, days seem like minutes and years feel like months. I don't know if that is a good or bad thing, but it certainly makes you stop and think.
Obviously, this anniversary provokes a lot of different emotions and thoughts. Additionally, our nation's focus has changed a lot because of these attacks. We have since fought wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and regardless of how a person feels about those efforts, we should never take for granted the sacrifices many have made serving our country in those conflicts.
If there is one thing that is surprising in the last six years, it is that another large-scale terrorist attack has not happened in the United States. There have been plots uncovered, and terrorists have committed crimes in places like Spain and Scotland, but we have largely been spared.
Given how much liberty we have to move around in our country, it is surprising that our enemies have not been able to exploit that freedom. They certainly were able to do that in 2001, and it would be naïve to believe that they won't be able to do that again. Our enemies are relentless and are committed to their cause with a fervor that we do not have. That is not meant as a criticism of America but is a statement about how committed the radical Islamic movement is.
At some point, another attack will happen. It is not a matter of 'if,' but a matter of 'when.'