11 Two Years Later
1: Terrible Memories, New Challenges
this September 11, many people will still be sad. Two
years ago, thousands of people died, in office buildings, in
airplanes, on the streets of New York and Washington, D.C.
Thse were ordinary people, not soldiers. They worked in
offices and businesses; they worked fighting fires and
crime; they were tourists and schoolchildren, looking at the
famous World Trade Center up close. They died in a great
blaze and a tower of smoke. Their families are still
years later, the world, and especially the United States,
will still be very mindful of what happened and what
could still happen. Security at airports and at public
buildings and monuments will be tight, probably moreso than
normal. It can't be taken for granted that terrorists won't
strike again. It can't be assumed that just because security
is extra tight that something won't happen.
yet, Americans seem to be coming to grips with the fact that
the events of September 11, although unbelievably
horrifying, are now part of a shared history, even if very
recent history. Yes, the families of the victims will never
forget. Yes, each September 11 of each successive, people
around the country and the world will pause to remember the
thousands of innocent people killed on that day in 2001. But
for people at large, in the U.S. and the world, the second
anniversary of the tragedy has put one more year behind them
and brought with it new challenges:
from the U.S., the United Kingdom, Poland, Japan, and other
countries are now patrolling the streets and sands of Iraq,
looking for resistance that is still threatening a lasting
peace that should have brought on my the military victory
over the forces of former dictator Saddam Hussein
continues to rule the peace proceedings in the Middle East,
as Israelis and Palestinians keep up their war of bullets in
favor of a political discussion
sputtering American economy shows life of getting going
again, but a great many people are still out of work and
even families that don't suffer from unemployment woes are
finding it hard to make ends meet some times.
outbreak of SARS
earlier this year was a major scare worldwide.
can never erase the horrors of two years ago, but it can
bring new things to focus on and a fresh sense of
accomplishment at surviving another year. A year can also
bring happiness and excitement, as families remember their
loved ones and experience new highs to go with the lows.
Yes, the unbelievable pain and sorrow will still be there,
but it is also possible that new joy will arrive.
terrorists strike somewhere on September 11, 2003? It is
possible, although not likely, given the intense security
procedures that will be followed on that day. Also, more and
more terrorists are being eliminated or arrested, making the
world a somewhat safer place.
year, people in America and around the world will be
watching and hoping that one September 11 set of attacks is
enough for many lifetimes.
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