After 9-11, vigilance still needed
The Kansas City Star
It’s been 11 years now and that awful morning recedes into the past. To a young friend of our acquaintance, Sept. 11 is something you learn about in school, like Pearl Harbor. “I was 1 when it happened,” he said.
Yet the ominous new reality that came crashing into our lives remains, although with diminished intensity for many. Long years of war have decimated al Qaida and many of the fellow-traveling allies who would harbor its members. But the malignant impulses that turned planes full of innocent civilians into guided missiles have not died, and still throb with the same hatred.
This was never a war, or a conflict or a struggle — or whatever you want to call it — that would bring a cathartic moment of release.
Our adversaries are diabolically creative shape-shifters, ever able to assume new forms. The threat remains, and the vigilance must continue. It’s one reminder that comes with the annual observance of 9-11, along with the tremendous costs in money and lost lives over so many years.