That Iran is the future we ultimately must confront is evident from its actions on multiple levels -- from subsidizing terrorism in Iraq, to meddling in the uprisings throughout the Middle East, to the development of the ultimate terrorist weapon: a nuclear bomb. Iran also continues to promote the fiction that the U.S. attacked itself on 9-11. In a report carried by Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA), a senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official and career diplomat, Mohsen Pakaein, blamed American neoconservatives, saying they "have victimized thousands of Americans in a bid to attain an array of large-scale goals, including finding control over the world nations and their wealth."
Looking back 10 years should be a learning experience, a reminder of how the attacks were able to happen as the hijackers managed to avert every security firewall in place at the time.
Going forward, it would improve security if the remaining recommendations of the 9-11 Commission were implemented, including government action on federal standards for birth certificates and driver's licenses and allocation of radio spectrum space, which first responders need so as not to repeat the communications breakdowns so many experienced in 2001. In an editorial on these and other matters that need to be enacted by Congress, The New York Times also lamented "The failure to fill the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which was created in 2004 to monitor actions across the government that affect privacy."
Why must we never forget 9-11? It's because this isn't as much about the past as the future. Our enemies are plotting to attack us again ... and again. We have not done all that is necessary to secure our future and we must do so before we are forced to ask a second time, "how did it happen?"
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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