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Our view: Still much to learn about 9/11

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Updated: November 9, 2011 1:12PM



Americans will pause today to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against our country.

Some will think about the thousands who died. Some Northwest Indiana residents knew some of the victims.

Some will think about the recent death of Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaida, the Muslim terrorist group that planned and launched the attacks.

What we should think about is how the attacks disrupted our lives and what we need to do to regain our sense of country.

Before each of us — and it is up to us, not the government — can get back to normalcy of the past, we must stop to think what the al-Qaida attacks did to this country and our sense of independence.

Unfortunately, the terrorists led us to politicize our response to the attacks.

We allowed the tragedies to turn 9/11 into political weapons that led to the ill-advised invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an airplane that crashed in the fields of Pennsylvania. And sadly, more Americans died in Iraq than died on 9/11.

The attacks, too, changed the way Americans think about Muslims, even though a minute number of them were responsible for the attack. Nonetheless, too many Americans let their prejudices spin out of control.

The attacks, too, changed the way Americans travel, if they travel at all.

Suddenly, we faced long lines — leading to delays — at airports. And, if we wanted to fly, we had to get there extremely early because of the screenings of luggage and passengers.

All of a sudden, we were taking off shoes and anything metal before boarding planes.

While those who lived through 9/11 have an understanding as to what happened, many aren’t terribly sure why.

And, now, education groups across the country say few schools are teaching youngsters about 9/11, in part because they don’t know how to approach the subject without trying to be politically correct.

Yet, how can we blame the schools when Congress and many Americans still haven’t come to grips with what happened on 9/11 and how we should embrace coming anniversaries of the only foreign attack on American soil.



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