Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Today marks the first day of the second post 9/11 decade. The first decade was marked with fear and death. During the war on terror that has followed 9/11 we have seen thousands of our soldiers die in foreign fields, and tens of thousands of civilians lose their lives in those countries. We have lived in fear of further terrorist attacks, and even in fear of our own governments as we questioned the security measures constantly being imposed upon us.
Will the next decade be the same? Will we continue to see more and more invasive searches of our property and our persons? The deterioration of civil rights in the name of National Security? These questions are not ones with easy answers, they are questions we must address however, for they are up to us to decide. We live, not in dictatorships, but in free nations where the citizens determine the policy of the state. If we desire more invasive security measures, all we must do is ask. Likewise, if we feel that we have encroached to far on our own freedom, we must only make that clear to our politicians and our policy makers.
The shape of this next decade is for us to decide.