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  • Remembering 9/11: A New Perspective on the World

    At 8:50 a.m. on September 11, 2001, second period began. Four minutes earlier, American Airlines Flight 11 had crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.  At that moment, however, the students and teachers at my suburban Ohio high school remained blissfully unaware.

    On that cool, fall morning my gym class went outside to play tennis.  When we came back we heard that an announcement had been made over the loud speakers- two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center, both towers were on fire.  Amongst the students, no one even knew what the World Trade Center was, but we sensed by the reaction of the teachers around us that something was very wrong.  Minutes later flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. We knew what that was. “Terrorists” murmured through the student body like wildfire.

    One student neared panic as she remembered her father was on a business trip in New York City.  Without a pause our teacher handed her his phone and she began frantically dialing. Other teachers made half hearted attempts to continue their lessons as a distraction, while parents frantically tried to get in touch with their children.

    In scattered classrooms throughout the building CNN and FoxNews were blaring, while in others the televisions remained black as teachers were concerned that the images on would cause panic among the students.  I wouldn’t first see the now infamous images of the planes hitting the towers or their later collapse till I returned home hours later.

    I was barely a teenager on 9/11, but these memories will stay with me forever.

    For many in my generation, the events of September 11, 2001 shattered our naiveté and changed our perspective of the world.  Coming of age in the War on Terror, we were defined by it.  For me, it defined my career.  Ten years ago, I dreamed of being a doctor or a teacher.  Yet, years later I would find myself instead immersed within the homeland security and counterterrorism issues that first touched the nation that day nearly a decade ago.

    The turning point came in 2008, during my internship at The Heritage Foundation. I was again exposed to the issues within homeland security, but for the first time was able to see the implications of good and bad public policy. Today, there is no doubt that America is safer than it was on September 10, 2001, but with at least 40 publically known thwarted terrorist  attacks since 9/11, it is clear that the terrorist threat remains.   Ensuring that the nation never again experiences the tragedy of another 9/11, requires a dedication to smart and effective homeland security policy.

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    3 Responses to Remembering 9/11: A New Perspective on the World

    1. Christopher Evans says:

      The world didn't change; only your perception of it. How much are you willing to sacrifice to get your "security"?

      • Bobbie says:

        why sacrifice anything if the world hasn't changed? enforce the laws with stricter penalties. People learn. "the world didn't change" is only your perception. As government conducts by mandate political correctness never even considered in this country or requested by true Americans, reveals total insincerity and a weak people to be so easily offended that they cry to government for reparations for something human dignity overcomes? intolerance and low self esteem costing American tax payers ungodly amounts of needless money? how weak and sad is that? total misrepresentation of America and Americans! The world has changed and so has the strength of the American spirit since infiltrators are consuming it.

    2. Michael says:

      It is true, as Islamists will tell you, that Americans began to enter their somewhat isolated world 30-40 years ago seeking oil reserves. Yes we did, but of course, their leaders, such as in Saudi Arabia, Libya and elsewhere throughout the Middle East, actively sought the expertise of American entrepreneurs and oil companies to develop these valuable oil resources. Arab nations, particularly their sultans and kings, suddenly became among the richest people worldwide, and to some degree, common muslims benefitted as well.
      Roads and other infrastructure were built, sanitation and other civil services were greatly improved in civilizations where most people had lived in squaller for centuries and usually died early. Primitive living improved, medical care became available and life-spans were increased.
      As I personally witnessed during the 1960s, and as evidenced in history, the influx of wealth was welcome but the repressive muslim world generally resented Western World influence. Muslims kept their adult women in veils, purchased their wives, sold their female children and follow a religion that advocates hate and death to all who do not embrace their ways. Muslims refused to change these archaic and primitive ways, especially regarding women – and they continue repressive beliefs to this day.
      On several occasions in history, muslims have attempted to expand their domination, as advocated in the Koran. World domination is the clearly stated goal therein, and with the newly acquired wealth from oil, Islam has expanded throughout the world in recent decades.
      Their perverted laws, called sharia, are being imposed in Europe and now being proposed in the U.S.A, where muslims continue to immigrate in mass with the intention to eventually dominate. On this course, the "land of the free" will someday become "the land of sharia law," where women are subjugated, forced to wear veils and hijabs and sold into marriage to the highest bidder. America no more . . .

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