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9/11: A decade of questions

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In the premiere issue of The Blaze Magazine, Dave Urbanski takes a look at whether we're actually any safer 10 years after the attacks of Sept. 11.

What he found was that a decade after the killings, many Americans still don't believe we're safer--and for good reason.

Have we learned anything? What will it take to prevent future attacks? What about the threat of radical Islam? What's the best road ahead for America?

From the introduction:

Parallels are often drawn between two dates which will “live in infamy” for the rest of American history: Dec. 7, 1941, when Japan carried out a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor; and nearly 60 years later, Sept. 11, 2001, when radical Muslims hijacked commercial airliners and few them into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and—thanks to the intervention of Flight 93 passengers—a deserted field in rural Shanksville, Pa.

But the parallels end there; when one examines what happened after those dates, the contrasts are stark. While both attacks ushered in military action, America finished off World War II in less than four years; the War on Terror continues still. America and its allies fought visible, distinct enemies in World War II; the adversary in the War on Terror has no nationality or uniform—just the promise that it will strike suddenly and unexpectedly. And perhaps most importantly, World War II galvanized the United States: its citizens made tangible sacrifices to defeat an enemy that was almost universally reviled here. The War on Terror, on the other hand, has seemed to further divide what was already a widening ideological rift between left- and right-leaning Americans.

So, a decade after 9/11, we’re still at war, we can’t exactly see the enemy, and we’re divided about how to combat terrorism (and pretty much everything else). What’s a country to do?

Get the full story here.

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