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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...

Joseph Hayes

The terrorist attacks that took place yesterday were shocking, but also surreal. It was like watching a movie or news stories about bombings in another part of the world. The people impacted the most, those who lost loved one's and those who were on the scenes of the devastation, lives have been altered, horribly so. The impact of my daily activities, I am sure, will take place when our government responds with force to those responsible.

We as a nation have been lucky in the past in respect to the violence that plagues other countries. We have taken our peace for granted and look down upon those other societies who deal terrorist attacks and loss of innocent life daily. We stand as a beacon to those who want to live in a society of peace, freedom, and endless possibilities for self-betterment. Our strengths also makes us a target to those who feel our nation is too powerful, too overbearing, too wealthy. Those who hate America, struck out yesterday hoping to destroy some of our prosperity, freedoms, and tranquility. Their victory will be short-lived. Those who were responsible will be hunted down and made to pay. We are the powerfullist nation and they can hide nowhere.

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