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The attacks made on America symbolize the vulnerability of life itself and the never-ending battle between war and peace The primary targets of Tuesdays terrorist plane attacks were two of the worlds largest office buildings and nerve centers for national defense commerce and communication While few Americans would consider either the World Trade Center towers or the Pentagon as national icons on the order of the Washington Monument the buildings are high-profile edifices that have always been on security experts short list of potential targets The 110-story twin towers of the foot of Manhattan are the most prominent features of the New York skyline and house offices for a variety of private and government agencies including an emergency command post for New York City The center was a terror target before in 1993 when a bomb detonated in a parking garage beneath the towers killing six people and injuring more than 1000 Six Islamic militants were convicted and recently sentenced to life in prison for carrying out the bombing The World Trade Center-actually a compound of seven buildings- was publicized as the first building of the 21st century by developers as early as the 1960s The Pentagon first hastily built to house growing defense establishment during World War II is still the worlds largest office building Although the five-sided building appears fortress-like and is made of architectural concrete it was never intended to withstand any large-scale attack Except in time of war or other military action the Pentagon gets little public attention It contains some of the nations most sensitive secrets and is normally closed to public except through guided tours More than 23000 people work in the building on weekdays The strategy of the attack on America symbolizes a strike of crippling blow on a specific branch of American society It seems abundantly clear that the terrorists primary goal was to
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