The Last Nine Years & The Next Nine Years


Hot Air's Ed Morrissey reflects on the legacy of the 9/11 attacks:

What do the next nine years look like from this vantage point?  Terrorism has ceased being the top priority of Americans, who are more worried now about the economy and jobs — as it should be.  We should go about our business, but with the clarity that while we don't want to arrange our public lives around terrorism forever, we need to keep the danger in mind as we conduct that business.  Recent attack attempts remind us of the potential cost of complacency, but we no longer have the luxury of indulging in sheer ignorance as we did through September 10th, 2001. We may never "stamp it out," because this kind of lunacy doesn't take too many people to become a danger to the US and the rest of the free world.  We can stamp out the terrorists where we find them, and we can cut off their funding and resources.  That will be the new normal, and it will last a long time, and we finally appear to have realized it.

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Hat tip: Instapundit.