I desperately do not wish to be considered a pessimist. I think that I am not, but rather a realist. The problems facing the world did not start on 9/11/01, they had been fomenting for years. All that actually happened on 9-11 was that the terrorists of the world opened our eyes for us. Like the farmer who used a 2x4 to get his mule's attention, they hit us between the eyes and they did, assuredly, get our attention.
I read an article just this morning that quoted Osama bin Laden as saying, "freedom and human rights in America are doomed". I am not so pessimistic that I fully believe that statement, but I seriously fear that it is necessarily partly true. I fear that we will never again be free from worry and anxiety over the safety of our people. I fear that some of our previous "human rights" may, of necessity, be infringed upon. And, I see no end to it.
When one-third of the world population hates the rest of the world and desires to kill all who do not believe as they do, you have a problem of immense proportions. A war we may never win, may not be able to even contain. The only hope we can have is through our faith in our Almighty God and His Son, Jesus Christ. If it is within God's plan for accomplishing his eternal purpose, that peace and freedom again flourish, then it will be so. We need to pray fervently.