By Stephen Flynn and Eddie Rosenstein
The opinions expressed are their own.
In the ten years since 9/11, the nation’s response to the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon have been dissected and debated constantly. But one thing that hasn’t received enough attention is the effort we have taken in the intervening years to build a stronger, more resilient America for future generations.
As former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said in Washington at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit on September 8, 2011, “Our primary purpose today must be to look forward. [While] the perpetrators of 9/11 were obsessed with events that took place in the past, Americans always look to the future.”
Periodically, things will go very wrong. Risk and danger are inescapable facts of life. Resilience — a concept that has always defined America in times of crisis — applies not only to our response to terrorism but in our individual responses to crises large and small in our lives and in our communities.
We can be prepared, we can minimize the consequences when disaster strikes, and we can be ready to bounce back quickly whenever we are faced with catastrophes — both natural and manmade.
It is that desire to rebuild a stronger more resilient America that has shaped how we have picked ourselves up and moved forward when faced with adversity since the founding of America generations ago. That same desire also influenced our response to the 9/11 attacks.