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Remembering 9/11

Written by Dick Pryor on Tuesday October 4, 2011


September 11, 2011

In some ways it is hard to believe that it has been ten years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The images of planes striking the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon are burned into the memory of anyone watching television that day. The smoke, the flames, the falling towers, the senseless loss of life overwhelmed all of us and sent the United States, and the American people, into new territory.

Never before had terrorism reached into the nation and inflicted such a painful toll. Most Americans probably thought that terrorist acts were for different countries, not us. Of course, that all changed on 9/11 and has our world and nation have not been the same since.

The new era of American life has seen us enter two wars to fight real or perceived threats, increased airport security, and strengthened federal and state efforts to deter and detect possible terrorist threats. It prompted a new agency, the Department of Homeland Security, to harden our defenses and issue color-coded terror alerts. It also forced Americans into realizing that as citizens of a shrinking world, we are not immune to the problems faced by others around the globe.

As we remembered the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we convened a meeting of three experts to discuss terrorism and the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Our guests were: David Cid, Executive Director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, located in Oklahoma City; Dr. Gregory Miller, Lecturer in Political Science at Oklahoma State University, whose research and teaching emphasis includes terrorism and political violence and international security; and Dr. Stephen Sloan, a counter-terrorism expert formerly at the University of Oklahoma, who is now a visiting professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

While remembering the victims, we think it is important for each of us to better understand American counter-terrorism efforts and the factors that fuel political violence and the spread of fear as an instrument of terrorism.

Until next time,

Dick Pryor

(Pictured above, left to right: Host Dick Pryor, David Cid, and Gregory Miller. Stephen Sloan is not pictured.)

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