Remembering 9/11: Reasons to Remember
By Cal Thomas
It is only by looking forward that we can avoid, or at least limit, the possibility of another major terrorist attack, which many believe is coming
How we love our anniversaries. Whether it's "the
All of this, though, is about looking back, not forward. It is only by looking forward that we can avoid, or at least limit, the possibility of another major terrorist attack, which many believe is coming.
That is becoming increasingly difficult to do in large part because terrorism is now rarely centered in one location, or under a single banner. The so-called "lone wolf," operating on his own with no paper trail and who is self-radicalized, remains the biggest challenge for those charged with our security.
Radical Islamists appear to be getting help from other nations that hate us, joining forces with them in what they consider a common goal: the destruction of
It sounds like the title of a Cold War spy novel, except this isn't fiction. "Twenty-three other terrorists from the
Corriere reports, "The mission in
Does anyone believe that terrorists won't be smuggled into the U.S. (if they are not already here) to kill more Americans, possibly with weapons of mass destruction?
Looking back 10 years should be a learning experience, a reminder of how the attacks were able to happen as the hijackers managed to avert every security firewall in place at the time.
Going forward, it would improve security if the remaining recommendations of the 9-11 Commission were implemented, including government action on federal standards for birth certificates and driver's licenses and allocation of radio spectrum space, which first responders need so as not to repeat the communications breakdowns so many experienced in 2001. In an editorial on these and other matters that need to be enacted by
Why must we never forget 9-11? It's because this isn't as much about the past as the future. Our enemies are plotting to attack us again ... and again. We have not done all that is necessary to secure our future and we must do so before we are forced to ask a second time, "how did it happen?"
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