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article imageOp-Ed: Fear, The Legacy of 9/11

By KJ Mullins     Sep 10, 2009 in World
Almost eight years have passed since 2,974 lives were lost in four attacks in the United States. During the following eight years many aspects of American life has changed. Fear is now something that Americans understand.
Prior to 9/11 Americans felt that their homeland would be secure. As jets tunneled through the top of the World Trade Center that belief flew out the door. The world's people mourned along with Americans for a loss of innocence.
The government and media grabbed tightly onto the reins to push their agendas into the American people. Nightly news featured a terror index. The meaning was clear, Americans had reason to fear.
The government was quick to respond, flying over Afghanistan in bombing missions.
Eight years later and the man thought to be the mastermind of the attack, Osama bin Laden is still free. We think, that is. He has not emerged in public other than in video tapes sent to various news sources since that day.
America suffered more than the fear of the day. The actions that came out of that fear has radically changed the way a new generation looks at Americans and their political system.
As America rushed to attack without the sanctions of the United Nations sympathy from the nations of the world took a sharp turn. Today the United States is often viewed upon as a bully forcing their agendas onto other countries.
The saddest part though of the aftermath of the attacks is how it has affected the people that walk the soil of America. The fear that came from that day remains coiled inside. The nation has divided over the military actions which have helped to weaken the economy in part.
America has allowed fear to rule its hand. Its allowed for liberties to be taken away from its people under the guise of that fear. It has allowed for the media to become more government censored than ever before.
It has allowed to a small degree fear to win.
That is the harshest tragedy.
Those poor souls that died on September 11, 2001 left in their wake a nation that would never be the same.
Let's hope that time will not make their lives so horribly taken be in vain. Let fear not be the reminder of the day.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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