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9/11 Reflections: 2001, 2012, and 2013

How many more 9/11 anniversaries are needed before Americans can once again trust their government and feel truly safe from security threats?

The World Trade Center burns in the aftermath of the Septembe 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Photo by: REUTERS
In the 16-month period following Osama Bin Laden's assassination (on 5/1/2011), national confidence increased in a way that was almost reminiscent of the pre-9/11 days. The economy was gradually coming back from the Great Recession (much as the pre-9/11 economy was recovering from the "Dot-Com Crash") and -- more importantly -- there was a sense that the worst national security fears of the US were behind us.

The brave US special forces who killed Bin Laden brought a much needed sense of justice and closure regarding the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack in US history, and for many months US President Barack Obama was able to spin the symbolic victory into far more than what it was. But on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, the attacks on the US embassy in Benghazi claimed four American lives and shattered the false sense of security that had begun to creep back into the American psyche. Within a year of that attack, the Boston Marathon bombings in April killed three people and injured an estimated 264 people, and last month the US was forced to close over 20 embassies around the world because of terrorist threats.



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