Looking back 15 years later, I am amazed at how totally unprepared our government was, I mean let's talk about getting caught with your pants totally down. That was our arrogance. Recently released information shows just how incompetent our leaders were, I mean we went to DEFCON 3 and were ready to deploy bombers with nuclear warheads without actually knowing what was happening. We were so close to World War III because those in power failed to follow the rules. Communication lines fell apart. They couldn't even talk to each other. It was Condoleeza Rice, from a bunker in Washington, who finally got through to Moscow because they thought we were ready to launch. We were really close to Armageddon.
9/11 needs to be remembered not only for its horror, and its tragedy, but also because hatred came close to changing the game, to dictating the rules, to initiating a reaction which would have altered the lives of billions of people. Even though it happened here, we need to remember this was an attack on the world. It was not the American Trade Center, or the United States Trade Center those planes flew into, it was the World Trade Center, and if anything like it ever happens again, we damn well need to be better prepared.