On this day, we must never forget the lives lost on 9/11. But we must also never forget the constant risk we live with and will live with for the longest time.
In July 2016, a terrorist took the lives of eighty-six people by driving a truck through a crowd in Nice, France. The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls took a lot of criticism for his response,
“The times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism”.
This was spoken about France, but also should be applied to The United States. Terrorism is not something we will be able to eliminate in the near future. It’s too easy for irrational people to cause terror and death in pursuit of elevating their agenda to an international stage.
This does not mean we should live in constant fear or that we are doomed. We cannot let fear win. It would be a deadly mistake for us to react in a knee-jerk way dividing groups against each other. Unity is vital in order for us to identify and combat those with hateful ideologies.
We must separate those who seek to hurt us from the groups they falsely identify as. We must permit our government to use the resources necessary to protect and prepare us. But most of all, we must keep a watchful eye and not be shushed when we sense that something is wrong.