September 11, 2001 seven years later, US is much safer because of paradigm shift
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—Thursday marks the seventh anniversary of the event that forever changed the world – the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
The beauty of a clear September morning was shattered as news reports indicated that a commercial jet liner crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. At first, it seemed like a horrible, albeit unlikely, plane crash. However, when the second plane hit there was no doubt that this was intentional.
September 11, 2001 stands as one of those rare moments where people remember exactly where they were when they got the news. Before this, the assassination of President Kennedy, man landing on the moon and the attack on Pearl Harbor are a few similar examples.
The attacks that led up to 9/11 are as important as the ones that followed. The bombing of the USS Cole in October of 2000, the twin bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the attack on the USAF barracks in Saudi Arabia and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center are some of these events.
Prior to September 11, 2001, terrorism was treated as a law enforcement issue. This paradigm changed with the events of 9/11, when the U.S. Congress and President Bush authorized the use of military force against those responsible for the terrorist attacks.
“You are either with us or you are with the terrorists,” said President Bush shortly after the attacks. This unambiguous approach to fighting the war on terror has kept the United States safe.
Of all the major, high-profile events that have happened over the last seven years, there has not been a single attack on American soil by terrorists. Many major sporting events and other large public gatherings have come and gone without anything coming close to another 9/11. That is no accident. To paraphrase a quote, the majority of people live in peace because a small number are ready to commit violence on their behalf.