September 11, 2017

Then again, I could be wrong.

Last year marked the 15 year anniversary of the now historic 9/11 attacks by Osama Bin Laden on America and our people. The attack killed 2,996 and injured some 6,000 more. Last year I focused my column on remembering the events of that day, where I was, the impact on a small community to the impact on the United States of America.

This year I remember but I wanted to focus on then, and now. The strength of American and her people in New York and all the states that make this nation great.

Then, we were unprepared some would say. Then, we failed to act in advance of the terror and terror occurred. Then, we ignored the warning signs, some subtle and some not so subtle at all. Then, this country became a victim and that is not something that should ever happen again.

Today are we so different then September 11, 2001? Or are we ignoring a threat to the west coast of our nation in North Korea? Today North Korea awaits economic crushing sanctions, a suggested action by the United States for the recent missile test that North Korea insists on carrying out. These test are viewed as a precursor to the eventual addition of a nuclear warhead and that missile aimed at several targets, China, South Korea and the United States west coast.

If you need no more clear evidence of a viable threat, just read the many statements made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media that if the US “does rig up the illegal and unlawful ‘resolution’” (UN Sanctions to be voted on Monday night) it would respond in kind.

The U.S. drafted resolutions would impose new restriction on North Korea, but that does not bother North Korea who released this statement… “The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means,” the statement said, referring to the country by its acronym.

Catch that folks, “ultimate means,” kind of has a finality to it.

One reporter over the weekend describe best when asked if he believed Kim Jong Un would give up his nuclear program, the reporter replied, “It would be easier to believe that the Pope would give up his belief in Jesus Christ.”

So what is going to stop a mad-child leader with nuclear bombs from starting World War III?

“We know the Americans may come back with many more sanctions but in response we Koreans will continue shooting up many more missiles and conducting many more H-bomb tests,” North Korean shop assistant Han Myong Sim told CNN’s Will Ripley.

“We don’t worry very much,” said another shop worker, Ri Jong Ok. “As long as we have Kim Jong Un, we’ll survive.”

We will survive. That is not a stable mindset, if survival is all you are looking for in life.

So on this September 11, 2017 we have a threat to our nation and this time no one can say we did not see it coming, then again, I bet when it is all said and done no one will say the U.S. was unprepared. This is not going to turn out well for any of the nations involved.

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