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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...

Abby Owen

I generally feel fearful of what is going to happen in the next week or a few days. I hate to say it, but I feel that our country is very vulnerable right now and will never be the same due to this attack on our freedom. I do fear for my life now more so before these events. How can someone or group of people hate America so much as to kill thousands of people and for what reason. I feel that America can be compared to a young person who at times feels that he or she is invincible, that entire idea has been shattered to me now. We are and will always be a strong nation in our economy and defense, and that could be one reason this happened out of pure jealousy of what we have and they lack. Should we go to war? I don't know? Who would we go to war with? If we attack someone or group of people would there be retaliation from them will that start a war? Our pride has been hurt. People are comparing this to Pearl Harbor, but to me this is one million times more horrible and Pearl Harbor. The only thing I can compare this to is a movie or fictional story. My sister was in the capital and thanks goodness nothing happened there, but it could have, I could have lost my sister yesterday that is something unbelievable and scary to me. Stereotyping is no doubt going to start to occur if the people who did this were of the Muslim faith, and it will be hard for me and many other people not to fall into this trap of stereotypes. Our nation doesn't do well with fighting against stereptyping, and I feel that is something that needs to be addressed. I just pray for all the lives lost and families of those people who will one day find peace. President Bush has a lot on his plate right now and I do have confidence in him and his staff. People must not look at hand and a negative light but as our leader, and that will be hard for some.

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