Today is the 17th anniversary since that fateful day of 9/11 when the terrorists brought down both World Trade Centers and ploughed another plane into the Pentagon.
One of the greatest acts of terrorism in history.
With almost 3,000 dead and the center of our financial and military strength hit in a flash attack, we as a nation stood naked.
We've gone after the terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and more, but still, there is the endless drone of world-wide terrorism.
Yes, we are lucky that nothing major has happened in the U.S. since 2001.
At the same time, we know that anything could happen at any time--from another terror attack to a catastrophic cyber attack that takes out our critical infrastructure, bioterrorism that wipes out hundreds of millions with genetically engineered viruses, or even nuclear warheads wiping out entire cities or regions of the world.
Forget natural disasters for the moment, man-made disasters are always just around the corner when it comes to planning and execution.
The FBI and our other dedicated law enforcement personnel try to stop them all, but no one and nothing human is perfect.
So while we try to maintain an elevated security posture to protect this country and even maybe someday build a wall that doesn't leave us with porous borders for everyone and anyone to get in willy-nilly, many don't or barely remember 9/11 and what it meant.
We said it changed everything forever, but did we mean it?
17 years and we've been fortunate--very fortunate--but are we ready for the next fateful blow to land in the ongoing war on terror. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)