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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Terrorism live on after Osama bin Laden

Nine and a half years ago, District Chronicles printed our first version. Our goal: tell compelling stories about people and events the big newspapers unnoticed. The first day of our first version was Sept. 11, 2001-9/11. All the enthusiastic joy and excitement of creating and producing the area's newest publication, quickly faded as haunting images of the World Trade Center dominated the airwaves; thick, black smoke billowed from the western wall of the Pentagon, and a anxious city scrambled, searching the skies, as another hijacked plane headed to Washington. As our title read back then, it was a 'Terrible Tuesday.'
The announcement by President Obama that Navy SEALs carried out a death-defying mission in Pakistan last week that ends with the death of Osama bin Laden brought back memories of how our world has changed since Sept. 11, and how so much of that change was in response to one man.
While many people took to the streets with American flags here and in cities across the country to rejoice bin Laden's demise, the sad truth is that the trillions of dollars spent on the wars have not done much to? stomp out terrorism against our state, even with bin Laden dead. In fact, officials say members of worldwide terror groups may want to avenge his death by attacking here or someplace abroad.?
The killing of the world's most elusive terrorist won't bring back the 3000 souls lost on that "Terrible Tuesday' here, in New York City and in Pennsylvania nor the courageous soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice pursuing him.

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