It was very quiet and I was almost finished with my journal assignment for the day. Just as I was putting my notebook into my bag, my teacher, Ms. Hecht, burst through the door and frantically raced through the television channels looking for CNN. It seemed like an hour for her to find the right channel. I couldn"t believe my eyes, as I watched a huge Boeing aircraft crumble into an ionic pennacle of American architecture. At that moment, I don"t think a word, sentence or thought could be processed by anyone watching as human beings jumped aimlessly from their office windows hoping they would survive the fall. For the first time in my life, I felt violated and unsafe as I sat in the security of my classroom. .
Action by the United States has been prevalent but not nearly at the level it should be. Although deeply wounded, did the acts from September 11th, 2001 weaken the United States enough? What prevents history from repeating itself, and what can we do to stop it? I ask myself these questions over and over hoping to answer it, but I can"t. The definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over again, expecting different results. I don"t believe I am insane; rather I start to wonder about the insanity of the United States government.
It has been said that we were available to much of the knowledge before September 11th, but it was blithely ignored. We know much now about the people that intend to harm us; much news isn"t new however. President Bush vowed, "that the defense of the nation would be his daily preoccupation for as long as he leads." I don"t understand how President Bush can make a statement as bold as this, yet not solve the United States terrorist problem a year later. As we stand today, Osama bin Laden is still alive and periodically making terrorist threats regarding the well being of American citizens. The reason bin Laden can do this is because the United States can"t do anything about it.