We’ve seen a lot of media attention this week to the tenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. That was a terrible time in our nation’s history, and the decade since has not exactly been a return to happy times in the U-S-A.
I was with several people this week, talking about 9/11. I offered an opinion that I don’t believe we will see another attack on our mainland, on the scale of what we saw ten years ago Sunday. But I could see the doubt and yes, fear, in the eyes of those at the table. The emotional trauma is still there. I think those lunatics more than accomplished their mission.
But I still believe the heightened awareness of police and intelligence agencies … and the general public around the world … is a huge deterrent to organized terrorist plots. Smaller attacks by “lone wolves” could be another story.
So I say let’s keep our guard up … while striving to regain that optimism and hope that are essential to the American spirit.
Our thought for today is from F. Scott Fitzgerald:
“America is a willingness of the heart.”