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September 11 Five Years Later

Part 4: Sympathy and Perspective

As a result of the divisiveness that surrounded the war in Iraq, the U.S. has lost much of that sympathy that people in other countries felt after the September 11 attacks. The war also divided public opinion in the U.S., with a large amount of people believing that the war was unjustified and another large amount of people believing that the war was being fought for a good reason. To this day, the war drags on and public opinion remains divided, both inside and outside the U.S.

And what of the World Trade Center site itself? Since the early hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, the site has been called Ground Zero. It bears that name still. To this day, a large hole in the ground marks the spot where a handful of tall, beautiful buildings used to stand. To this day, people arrive at Ground Zero and stand mutely, taking in the devastation that still echoes through the air in downtown Manhattan.

The hole in the ground will be filled in, however. A large tower named the Freedom Tower will soon be built. It will eventually be surrounded by a group of new office buildings. The site will also include a transit center and a performing arts center. The World Trade Center site will be rebuilt. In very much the spirit that permeates New York and the U.S. at large, life will go on. New Yorkers, Americans, and people around the world can never forget what happened on that terrible day, but they can look ahead. New York itself will move on, as it always has, while also remembering sad times past.

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