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On a cold winter day in 1941 President Harry S Truman delivered a very well known speech he spoke of the date which will live in infamy December 7th It was the date of the surprise attack on the United States Naval Base Pearl Harbor in the midst of World War II Americans and their allies worldwide were horrified at how audacious and cold-hearted the Japanese fighters had been killing hundreds of sleeping and unsuspecting men To envision a later attack that would dwarf the tragedy of Pearl Harbor was inconceivableuntil the morning of September 11th a date that would bring new meaning to Trumans words spoken more than half a century before What had first seemed like a careless pilot or mechanical error soon proved to be a well-planned terrorist attack on the freedoms and liberties of the United States of America As two planes plunged into the Twin Towers jaws dropped and incredulity ensued Television crews firefighters and policemen as well as FBI CIA and Secret Service agents were on the scene in mere moments In shock and disbelief it looked more like a poorly choreographed movie than it did reality All of a sudden and quite unexpectedly one tower began to fall It imploded disappearing behind a massive cloud of dirt dust and smoke taking countless lives with it Not long after the second tower followed Now a year later television stations are airing emotional specials featuring interviews video clips and poignant photographs Although many are beautifully executed I personally see these programs as a means to dwell in the past to escape an uncertain and somewhat frightening future Instead of engrossing ourselves in an unchangeable past it is much more productive to move forward to look to a future we can help shape We should be questioning not only ourselves but also each other how we have grown as individuals and as a society in the
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