Five Years After September 11th


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Monday, September 11, 2006 - 12:00am

Five Years After September 11th

Five years ago today, the world changed forever when terrorists attacked the United States. Nobody will ever forget that day or where they were when they heard the news that commercial airplanes had crashed into the World Trade Center.  Not long after those two planes hit, a third would crash into the Pentagon and a fourth would crash in a field in Pennsylvania.


   Five years later, the world has changed dramatically.  Some changes have been good and some not so good.  After 9/11, the United States rightfully invaded Afghanistan to rid the world of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.  Al-Qaeda was directly responsible for the attacks on September 11th. The Taliban was the ruling authority in the country and they allowed Al-Qaeda to operate freely in their country and commit terrorist acts around the world.  Within months after 9/11, the Taliban was removed from power and Al-Qaeda was on the run.  That was early 2002.  America was united against the enemy.


Today, the story is much different.  What was a country united has since been divided.  The trigger point in the division came with the war in Iraq.  The U.S. government decided to invade Iraq in March, 2003.  At the time, the administration linked the Iraq invasion to 9/11.  They claimed that Iraq was directly involved in the attacks.


Years later, the truth is nowhere near that assertion.  We have learned that the administration was intent on going to war with Iraq before 9/11 occurred.  We have also learned that the administration cherry-picked intelligence information to sell the war to the American public. People on the left and around the world screamed that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, but it wasn't until just recently that President Bush himself admitted as much.


Unfortunately, the 9/11 attacks have been used as a tool by the government to further their agenda.  That agenda has divided this nation far more than it ever has been in the past.


After 9/11, the world reached out to support the United States.  People openly wept in the streets of Italy and Germany and elsewhere for the victims of the attacks.  Today, the world hates the United States and the American public is increasingly angry at the government. 


Where we go from here is anyone's guess.


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