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Essay on September 11

Date: Sep. 12 2001 | Identifier: 885.1
Essay written on September 12, 2001, by a student as an assignment in East Carolina University Professor Karin L. Zipf's "Women in American History Class," describing reactions to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York, NY, and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. more...
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Christine Angel
12 Sept. 2001
Terrorism

I am very angry about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Why was it that these people were able to slip by and not be detected? It seems obvious that the world knows that our security systems at airports have been very poor. And that they were able to get "in" and use our very own technology against us is uncomprehensible. I blame our government. We have no face for our enemy. We have turned to computers and saltalites[satellites] to get our information we need. We have no sources/people on the ground telling us who our enemy is. Its[It has] always been said by people in the government that we spend to much money on the military. Now we need them. I don't think that government should complain that there is too much money put into our armed forces, because it is the sight of our forces that have always seemed to deter people from hurting us. Things have now changed. No man will ever see our nation as secure. Our form of government has been hurt so many people died. At first I thought the plane crash in the first tower was an accident. By the time I came out of my 9:00 class and heard that the towers had collapsed and the pentagon had been hit, my heart sank. Many children went home from school yesterday to find that their parents were dead. We need to find the people who planned this attack and the government that housed them and pay them back for what they have done. Payback, I understand, will involve a lot of innocent lives being lost. At this point, I don't care. Maybe it is this very attitude that




is wrong with society today - but who knows? The only thing that I want the United States to make clear to other countries is that "this" is not okay. Thousands of lives had been lost. It was a terrible attack, and I still cannot believe it happened on American soil. Perhaps this is the event that will trigger World War III. The American government has, in effect, fallen asleep at the wheel. I hope to find that our current administration has the common sense and education that is needed in dealing with this.

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