I really had no intention of writing a post on 9-11. But when today dawned, I somehow couldn’t let the day go by without marking the anniversary without writing something about that nightmare of a day for America. So some randome thoughts.
I lost two friends in the tragedy. I was at home on disability leave and the television was on when it happened. My granddaughters were at preschool. My daughter was at college. Her college closed for the day but the preschool remained open. My daughter refused to turn on the television set to protect the children from seeing any of the horror of that day. Of course, in time, they have learned about it. It is impossible to protect out children from the horrors of terrorism, no matter how hard we try.
I’m sure that more terrorism will rear it’s ugly head again, despite what we do to prevent it. It’s become a game as to who can outsmart whom in the terrorists versus the rest of us.
But we must never forget the day that our country woke up to the sad fact that we are vulnerable to attack from terrorists on our own soil. Our wars against terror on foreign soil have been sorely lacking in success. The goals have been unclear and Iraq and Afghanistan are little better off today than they were 10 years ago despite the brave efforts of our military. It isn’t due to our military professionals; it’s our policies or lack thereof.
Victims of 9-11, we will never forget you. You are always in our hearts.