A generation of young Americans have been reminded brutally of the price we pay for letting down our guard against murderous enemies.

Nineteen years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2001, the foe was terrorists based abroad, who massacred 2,997 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and on an airplane that crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

U.S. intelligence agencies knew the terrorists were planning to attack our homeland, but our defenses were pitifully — inexcusably — weak. We continue to honor the heroes of that day as we vow never again to allow our security against such an assault to be weakened.

Now we are under attack again, by an enemy of all humankind. It is COVID-19, a virus that by this week had killed 190,000 Americans. It is likely the global death toll will top a million.

While most Americans were insulated by distance from danger at the 9/11 massacre sites, we have not been as lucky with this second assailant. This time, the enemy is among us. Since March in the Northern Shenandoah Valley alone, nearly 100 people have died from the coronavirus.

During the years prior to 9/11, we ignored the warnings about violent extremists who meant to come here and kill as many Americans as they could. Likewise, we had to learn that foreign organizations were capable of recruiting our fellow Americans to murder us in assaults that, while smaller in magnitude than 9/11, continue.

We took dramatic action to prevent such violent sprees. Now, we have at least some protection against them.

But not against viral foes. Infectious disease researchers have warned for years that microbes have the power to kill worldwide.

Prior to 9/11, we ignored warnings and paid a terrible price. The same thing happened with COVID-19 — and, even as the pandemic continues, there is evidence many among us have not joined the fight to save lives.

After 9/11, we recognized other terrorists, both foreign and domestic, had to be guarded against.

Do we understand that about enemies we cannot see? There will be a next time. Are we prepared to do what is necessary to guard against that?

(9) comments

jake277

The only enemy here is the liberal globalists. They want all freedoms gone and will do anything to achieve it. Including try to shut down the world for something no worse than any other viral threat!

Spock Here

Really? Your president said it was bad, "it can get you". Of course, he said something different to the people....keep up!

Spock Here

"There will be a next time. Are we prepared to do what is necessary to guard against that?"

Apparently not.

jmapplin

What is "necessary" to guard against the next attack on America? That requires Americans to live President Kennedy's call. Some Americans are prepared to do this. Some aren't.

Eredmon

As China surpasses us in every way, how can we be prepared when we spend out political and legal might and time on Americans tearing us down while we, as a Nation, are confused about so many other pressing issues. Gender, Life!, whether we are a nation with borders, excessive taxation and attempts to remove responsibility for the actions of countless people and many politicians, with a media funded and promoted almost exclusively by one party? Logger jam, I’d say. Both sides need to get their act together soon. Otherwise, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what’s coming our way. Oh, and China won’t waste a minute on this “stuff.”

Spock Here

"Panic" alert.....

Conservative

smh. china is more dangerous than "gender identity". Time for people to grow up and pay attention to real issues instead of the fruitcakes.

Bryan.the.Nuri

@Conservative, can you tell us what gender identity has to do with anything here?

Projecting, much, coward?

Bryan.the.Nuri

Not with this President.

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