9/11 remembered for another year; new threat here
By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor
That yearly tug at my heart was felt again last week as the 13th anniversary of 9/11 arrived.
Even though it’s been 13 years since terrorists attacked the U.S. on that beautiful Sept. 11 morning, the memories flow back like it was yesterday.
As the near 3,000 names of those who died in the attacks were being read by family members and others at the various ceremonies, the terrible attacks that morning came back so freshly.
It’s always a bit sad to watch, but it also reinvigorates many Americans who resolve that this won’t happen again.
Unfortunately, it did happen again two years ago in Benghazi, when four Americans were killed by terrorists who stormed the U.S. consulate.
And, unfortunately, the truth of what led to the attacks there and how it was handled by our state department are yet to be known.
Regarding Benghazi, too many questions and too few answers remain.
Now, we are dealing with a whole new level of terrorism known as ISIS. At a hearing this week, U.S. military officials and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put forth their plans on U.S. involvement in dealing with ISIS.
According to news reports, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he was confident that an American-led coalition would defeat the Islamic State, but didn’t rule out the possibility of asking the president to send American troops to fight the militants on the ground. That is something President Obama has ruled out in recent speeches.
Since 9/11, we Americans have lived in a different world, one that does not seem as safe as it was before 2001.
It will be necessary to trust our leaders in this new threat, but returning to the Mideast for a potential war is something nobody wants.