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"September 11, 2017”

Against this backdrop, American tolerance of Islamic-Americans and Moslems in general in the aftermath of 9/11 is impressive and noteworthy. In a fundamental way, we have demonstrated maturity that is both ethically right and practically helpful.

Al-Qaida and similar terrorist groups have an interest in promoting Western hostility to the Moslem world, along with harsh measures within our borders. We have permitted them neither victory.

Failure to anticipate the Pearl Harbor strike reflected inter-service rivalry and intelligence inefficiency, plus arrogance about Japanese military effectiveness even though their navy, with stunning efficiency, had destroyed the Russian fleet only a few decades earlier

Pearl Harbor demonstrated Tokyo's innovative use of tactical aircraft for strategic destruction of capital ships, something that American commanders failed to foresee. Even Adm. William F. "Bull" Halsey, more worried than most about a Japanese attack, who acted to keep vital aircraft carriers safely out at sea, was concerned primarily about submarine rather than air attack at Pearl.

Likewise, secretiveness and rivalries among our intelligence and security services facilitated 9/11. In reaction, the U.S. government emphasizes coordination among intelligence agencies.

Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, the United Nations and NATO acted. The attacks marked the first wartime deployment of the military alliance formed during the Cold War.

Americans collectively should feel considerable pride about how we as a people have responded to grotesque mass murder within our borders. Again, this benchmark of the anniversary provides us an opportunity for reflection – and renewal.

Arthur I. Cyr is Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage College and author of "After the Cold War." Contact acyr@carthage.edu

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