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17 YEARS AGO TODAY
#1
The September 11th 2001 attacks took the lives of more than 3,000 Americans.  Rest in peace.

9 / 11 transformed the US in countless ways.

It briefly caused Americans to put aside their conflicts and pull together as one.

It sparked the Global War on Terror (which the US is now fighting in 76 countries), and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

It led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Patriot Act.

And, it fundamentally changed New York City and her skyline forever.

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The Twin Towers in 1999; and One World Trade Center in 2018
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#2
I'm grateful for the work of our national security and intelligence agencies in preventing another physical attack on the United States.

And, I'm concerned that the U.S. government is not doing enough to defend against cyber warfare.

Cyber attacks are among the biggest threat to our national security now, in my opinion. I fear we're falling behind Russia, China, North Korea and other countries in that regard.
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#3
I watched it on a little TV in the small kitchen at work. It actually helped our sales because people were SO freaked out and scared and didn't want to travel. I called it the nesting effect, they only felt safe at home and yearned for a private and safe oasis. Radical Muslims are also the biggest threat.
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#4
I heard the news on the radio in the car after dropping my oldest son off at school (3rd grade).

I was stunned.

Raced home, watched it unfold on TV and as the towers collapsed in front of my eyes, I really thought it was the end of the world as we knew it.

Glad to say it wasn’t that extreme, but for 3,000 people and their families it was horrible.

For the next few days, there was no commercial air traffic and every once in awhile, an F-16 would be racing over head.

Very surreal.

Speaking to my 11 year old son about it this morning was interesting.

He wanted to know what caused these people to want to do this to us. Trying to explain fundamental extremism/terrorism is not easy. Kids don’t understand the hatred that exists when someone’s views are so narrow.

I told him that applies to all forms of extremism.
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#5
(09-11-2018, 12:01 PM)Midwest Spy Wrote: Kids don’t understand the hatred that exists when someone’s views are so narrow.

I have a great deal of trouble understanding that myself. I still don't get it and I'm a grown woman.
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#6
(09-11-2018, 12:49 PM)Duchess Wrote:
(09-11-2018, 12:01 PM)Midwest Spy Wrote: Kids don’t understand the hatred that exists when someone’s views are so narrow.

I have a great deal of trouble understanding that myself. I still don't get it and I'm a grown woman.

Being bullied Kindergarten through High school, I kind of understand that hatred.
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#7
(09-11-2018, 06:00 PM)Clang McFly Wrote: Being bullied Kindergarten through High school, I kind of understand that hatred.

That makes me want to hug little boy Clang. That's so fucked up. I would have defended you and I have others in the past.
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(09-11-2018, 06:04 PM)Duchess Wrote:
(09-11-2018, 06:00 PM)Clang McFly Wrote: Being bullied Kindergarten through High school, I kind of understand that hatred.

That makes me want to hug little boy Clang. That's so fucked up. I would have defended you and I have others in the past.
It's ok D. I learned to beat my bullies by not taking their bait. Effectively defeating them without throwing a punch.
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