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America not untouchable after all America often seen as the worlds safe haven and leader in defense has failed to live up to this status As the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon deteriorated on national television so did the United States citizens sense of invincibility We no longer have the feeling that we are immune from terrorist rage Gone is the feeling of personal safety of our friends and family This imagined sense of invulnerability was created over the years from various components First of all the basic integrity of American democracy gives the assumption that no enemy could remain angry with us for very long Secondly it was assumed that no one in their right mind would take on Americas highly technological security operation Third it was unimaginable to think that our technocrats could be outsmarted by what we underestimated to be peasants living in the worlds almost medieval areas This false sense of security instilled in the majority of Americans minds collapsed in a mess of smoke ashes and some thousands of bodies as the attack on Americas foundations of military and financial power was executed as foully planned In reality there was never any concrete reason to believe the United States was completely out of harms way but our trusted leaders definitely gave us several logical ones Even when the World Trade Center towers were initially bombed in 1993 our sense of strength was actually reassured not weakened The towers stood The losses were not nearly comparable to what happened on September 11 2001 The guilty party was caught security increased and life resumed as usual Now selling Americans on the thought of a world kept peaceful by America will be much more difficult Our concept of invulnerability has been corrupted Assessing reality will involuntarily been done in a much harsher light These horrific events reveal the foolishness of believing a shield against terrorist nations is anything more than
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