Nine years ago this Saturday, 19 terrorists hijacked four airlines in the US and crashed them in acts of violence. Two of the planes struck the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York, a third hit the Pentagon in Virginia and the fourth crashed into an open field in Pennsylvania after the passengers tried to take over the plane. About 3,000 people were killed that day.
What does the ninth anniversary of these attacks mean to you?
Are you comfortable with how the U.S. responded? Are we safer today? Did the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq pay off? Was the Patriot Act, a law that gives the government broad powers to watch over us, helpful in reducing terror?
Today, Americans are debating whether a Mosque should be built a few blocks from ground zero? Would that be a mistake? Why?
What is the appropriate way to honor the fallen and still respect the religious practices of fellow Americans? Where do we go from here? How should we do tribute to the fallen of 9/11, protect ourselves, and still respect the rights of fellow Americans and uphold the Constitution?
Please be respectful and civil in your responses. Provide links to your sources, when necessary.