It has now been 1,347 days since 9/11. That’s how many days there were between Pearl Harbor and V-J Day.
Think about it. Enough time to build an Army, Navy, and Air Force virtually from scratch. Enough time to fight the Battles of Midway and Iwo Jima. Enough time to invade Italy and Normandy. Enough time to defeat Mussolini, Tojo, and Hitler.
Enough time to conquer half the world and set it free.
So where do we stand by that same mile marker in the War on Terror?
Richard Larsen has an answwer in a guest column for the Washington Post. He’s a former Chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College . He’s currently the Director of the Institute for Homeland Security. Mr Larsen added up the number of days that’ve passed.
What It Adds Up To
In World War II, the US went all out to build the atom bomb before Germany or Japan did.
Today, Mr Larsen argues, the US has no protection from a terrorist launched nuclear or biological attack. He talks about the billions spent on defenses against a nuclear missile attack. Then points out:
“The last time the United States suffered a biological attack, the U.S. Postal Service provided the delivery vehicles, and we still don’t have a return address for the sender. A small truck, boat or private jet will most likely serve to smuggle a nuclear weapon across our 7,500 miles of borders or 95,000 miles of shoreline.”
The Sum Total
1,347 days after Pearl Harbor and Hitler and Mussolini were dead, Tojo was in the dock.
1,347 days after 9/11 we still don’t know where Osama bin Laden is.
1,347 days after Pearl Harbor the US had won the race to build the atomic bomb.
1,347 days after 9/11, we’ve done virtually nothing to guard against a terrorist atom bomb.
It’s been 1,347 days since this generation’s darkest day. And not that much has changed to make us safer from the potential for greater darkness.