If a person needed another piece of evidence that proved time is flying, then the fact that yesterday was the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks should be sufficient.
It seems like just the other day that a beautiful late summer morning was turned upside down by al-Qaeda. Many of us began the morning going through our daily routine not knowing that our country would change in the next few hours.
Of course, this change was not going to be a small one. Within weeks of the event, our nation was at war in
However, terrorists in that region are especially tricky when it comes to hiding from our efforts.
In hindsight, we should have known that this would not be quickly resolved. After all, the
In addition to this, there were many other changes here in
Perhaps the most important aspect of the attacks is that another attack like it has not happened on our soil. When the attacks occurred, there was discussion that a new age had begun in which the
This has not happened. For all the criticism that the Bush and Obama administrations have received, both administrations deserve credit that nothing like 9/11 has happened here since.
As the problem of illegal immigration shows, it is not that difficult for people to enter the country undetected. It has been surprising that terrorists have not been able to exploit this. When the topic of illegal immigration is discussed, it is surprising that it is not connected more directly to national security.
Let us hope that our government continues to make homeland security a point of emphasis. Complacency is a strong foe. The fact that we have gone such a long time without an attack could lull many into a state of false security.
As the events of nine years ago showed us, the
Just like the
If that is so, we can never forget what happened nine years ago.
If we do, it is much more likely that it will happen again.