Seventeen Years Ago
A date that will live in infamy...indeed. It was seventeen years ago this morning when all Americans were introduced to asymmetric warfare. To put things in perspective, by 1962, seventeen years after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, not only had Japan been forced to surrender, but all Japan's friends had been soundly thrashed. Although the new enemy - communism - was rising, the Axis ideology was no longer in existence. There would be no more Hitlers or Tojos in Germany or Japan.
But seventeen years after September 11, 2001, the war against the Jihadist domination of the world is still being fought. This is not a war between nations or even between regions, and it goes far beyond the war of political ideas, between capitalism and communism for example. Some ideologies, either political or religious, can never get along nor coexist. It is difficult to define specifically who the enemy is because in all specifics there will be exceptions, but this is a war between a pseudo-religious political ideology, and the American way of life. And until 2017, even the President was unwilling to name the enemy.
So today, on the day where so many went to work thinking it another normal day, lets remember them. Lets remember that our enemies are still alive and well and planning our deaths. Lets remember that seventeen years later, we are still living in a time of war.