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12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by ambrosini593(m): 8:25am On Sep 11, 2013
12 years after attack, haunting memories of Sept. 11 shaping US debate on Syria

By JOSH LEDERMAN  
Associated Press
Updated: September 11, 2013 - 3:10 am



The Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, during a test, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in New York. The light display commemorates the twin towers of the World Trade Center that were destroyed in terrorist attacks 12 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. One World Trade Center is in the center background. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

WASHINGTON — Twelve years later, haunting memories of Sept. 11 are shaping the debate over what to do about Syria.

As Americans mark the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the nation again is wrestling with painful questions about al-Qaida, weapons of mass destruction and the risks of American inaction. At the center of the debate is President Barack Obama, who has sought to move the U.S. away from what he has called the "perpetual wartime footing" it found itself on in the years after 9/11.

"America is not the world's policeman," Obama said Tuesday evening as he addressed the nation about the Syria conflict. "Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act."

Some people worry that a U.S. strike in Syria would embroil the American military in an extended and unwinnable conflict in the Middle East, evoking emotions many felt in the years after 9/11 as they watched America's sons and daughters go back for second and third tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Others see Syria through a broader Mideast prism involving Iran. They fear that if the U.S. doesn't assert itself now, America will start from a position of weakness if and when it confronts future threats in the region.

When Obama and the first lady stand on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday morning to commemorate 9/11 victims with a moment of silence, there's a good chance at least some of these themes will be weighing on the president.

AL-QAIDA AS TOP THREAT

The international terrorist organization headed by Osama bin Laden became synonymous with "America's enemy" in the days after 9/11. More than a decade later, bin Laden is dead and Obama says the group's core is on the path to defeat. But blows to al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan have come amid growing concerns about al-Qaida's strength in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa and even Syria.

That foreign jihadi fighters, many linked to al-Qaida, are growing in ranks among rebels fighting Assad's regime is a major concern for lawmakers and the U.S. Assad and his forces have sought to exploit that concern, arguing, in short, that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Assad said of a potential U.S. strike in an interview Sunday with American journalist Charlie Rose, "This is the war that is going to support al-Qaida and the same people that kill Americans in the 11th of September."

STATE OF ALERT

Although Americans are far less jittery about the threat of terrorism than they were in the aftermath of 9/11, they're still keenly aware of turmoil in the Middle East and its challenges for the U.S.

Nearly all Americans — 94 percent — say the war on terrorism has not yet been won, according to a new Associated Press poll. Just 14 percent of those Americans say it's likely the U.S. will win it during the next 10 years.

Such sentiments were punctuated Tuesday when Obama, hours before his national address on Syria, signed a notice extending the national emergency for another year.

"The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on Sept. 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues," Obama wrote to Congress.

Compounding concerns have been new threats to America's embassies and consulates. A threat from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula led to the closing of 19 diplomatic posts across the Mideast and in Africa last month. And as Obama considered a strike in Syria last week, the State Department was ordering nonessential American diplomats to leave the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Lebanon because of the potential for retaliation from Iran-backed Hezbollah, a group allied with Assad.

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

With the U.S. military struggling to absorb deep automatic spending cuts, few Americans are eager for the U.S. to get involved in a civil war already raging for more than two years, with no end in sight.

Obama, who ran for president as a critic of the Iraq war, ended it as president and is winding down the U.S. war in Afghanistan, is of similar mind.

"I know how tired the American people are of war generally, and particularly war in the Middle East. And so I don't take these decisions lightly," Obama said in an NBC interview Monday.

Obama and his aides know many Americans reflexively resist anything that calls to mind the aggressive stance President George W. Bush took after 9/11. They're insisting any U.S. action will be limited and won't involve troops on the ground.

"This is not Iraq or Afghanistan," Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, said repeatedly Sunday on political talk shows.

But Republicans are hearing a slightly different message. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., arranged for Republican congressional staffers to hear from Stephen Hadley, Bush's former national security adviser, and Eric Edelman, once a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Both played major roles in the Iraq war and are now selling leery Republicans on a strike in Syria.

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

"The lesson of September the 11th is take threats before they fully materialize," Bush said in August 2006.

Those days, it was erroneous intelligence claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that incensed many Americans as civilian deaths hit record highs three years into the war in Iraq.

Today, there are few doubts chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Assad's regime even acknowledged publicly this week that it possesses the weapons when it agreed to give them up as part of a budding diplomatic deal to avert a U.S. strike.

Obama acknowledges that Syria poses no direct or imminent threat to the U.S. But his pitch to Congress, the public and U.S. allies is rooted in the belief that if the world doesn't act now to uphold a global norm against chemical weapons use, we all could be at risk down the line.

"Sometimes wars have started later because people didn't do things that might have prevented them earlier," Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.
www.therepublic.com/view/story/df66f5e6f0c7436cb904513a3eb72ca2/US-Sept-11-Syria
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Nobody: 8:27am On Sep 11, 2013
What pained me most about Sept 11, was that I watched the whole thing on a 14" TV.

Thank God for his mercies I can now Watch "the making of the video on 54" 3D TV"


Praiseeeeeee The Lord!!!

FTC fins.... grin cheesy

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Goodcare(m): 8:30am On Sep 11, 2013
may the lord grant u the heart to bear this loose
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by LMAyedun(m): 8:58am On Sep 11, 2013
9/11... What a day.
RIP to those we lost... My prayers & thoughts goes those who lost their fathers, Mothers, Sisters, brothers & loved ones especially the only Nigerian we lost in the attack.

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by jeron1(m): 9:14am On Sep 11, 2013
mod. this one suppose make fp o...
lets mourn with dem
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Cestmoi1(f): 9:26am On Sep 11, 2013
My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives.May God continue to give the families the strength to bear the loss each year you're being reminded.May the souls of the faithful departed,through the mercy of God,continue to rest in peace.amen
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Hadeyeancah(m): 10:20am On Sep 11, 2013
Whaoo,Time always fly...

RIP to the Dead...

Osama bin Laden bad guy..

The bad day dat devil drinks water (Ojo ti esu gbomi mu)
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Hadeyeancah(m): 10:22am On Sep 11, 2013
Whaoo,Time always fly..

RIP to the Dead...

Osama bin Laden bad guy..

The bad day dat devil drinks water (Ojo ti esu gbomi mu)
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Nobody: 12:18pm On Sep 11, 2013
R.I.P to the Dead embarassed
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by scientology(m): 12:18pm On Sep 11, 2013
Mr Seun please gimme ur ftp pasword i wanna upload someting....tnkx
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Ghydyon(m): 12:19pm On Sep 11, 2013
Hw time flies

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by 4reigningqueen: 12:20pm On Sep 11, 2013
hmmmm
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Unitedforever(m): 12:20pm On Sep 11, 2013
Well







Today is my Birthday! grin

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Olarajee(m): 12:20pm On Sep 11, 2013
R.I.P. to the 2,976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. to the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit.
Oh and the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who experience this everyday.

Your 9/11 is their 24/7!

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Nobody: 12:20pm On Sep 11, 2013
More reason why US won't be cutting her military budget in 100years time.
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Goldenheart(m): 12:21pm On Sep 11, 2013
lipsrsealed
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by KHbaby(f): 12:22pm On Sep 11, 2013
May the dead continue to RIP.
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by MAYOWAAK: 12:22pm On Sep 11, 2013
Remembering the "horror film" called 9/11, directed by a terror merchant called Osama, who was eventually killed by a man called Obama. May the souls of those who were murdered in that attack continue to rest in peace.

Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Nobody: 12:22pm On Sep 11, 2013
Osama be like


my hand is clean ooo

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by collynzo2(m): 12:22pm On Sep 11, 2013
Unitedforever: Well







Today is my Birthday! grin
Happy birthday Osama!

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Nobody: 12:23pm On Sep 11, 2013
question people, when did the un bombing in abuja or the numerous other bombings in Nigeria take place, did anyone mourn or remember their horror yrs after? Shameless follow follow people

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Goldenheart(m): 12:25pm On Sep 11, 2013
4reigningqueen: hmmmm
bursted

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by nbright: 12:26pm On Sep 11, 2013
I remember that day... But I like what Al'assad did to avoid war with the west... He has good advisers
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Nobody: 12:26pm On Sep 11, 2013
RIP. I still remember that day so well.

I'll be watching the numerous documentaries on the national geographic channel today.
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Dawdy(m): 12:28pm On Sep 11, 2013
How do we mourn the people of Iraq and Afghanistan who were unjustly killed in the name of fighting terrorism? ever since, those two countries have not known peace.

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by fingard02k(m): 12:28pm On Sep 11, 2013
scientology: Mr Seun please gimme ur ftp pasword i wanna upload someting....tnkx

#⊙À⊙&;╙Ω∆♂♪ΐφⁿ◙Þ <<thats his password

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by curiouslad(m): 12:28pm On Sep 11, 2013
Sad day it was. RIP to the dead

And the US is still bent on invading Syria
You can't obtain peace through violence!

You can't render people fatherless and motherless and still expect to sleep properly in your own house
They will haunt you.
That's how these radical extremists are bred by giving them an avenue to channel the anger in them.
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by chi4ik(m): 12:29pm On Sep 11, 2013
She is scared of 2015 political war!
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Brymo: 12:29pm On Sep 11, 2013
D victims probably b in heaven!
Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by LeStylo: 12:29pm On Sep 11, 2013
Obiagelli: question people, when did the un bombing in abuja or the numerous other bombings in Nigeria take place, did anyone mourn or remember their horror yrs after? Shameless follow follow people

More people died in the Ikeja cantonment bomb explosions than did 9/11. An average Nigerian adult does not even know the date, i doubt if Minister for Information or Lagos State Commissioner for Information does without first checking their records.

Pathetic!

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Unitedforever(m): 12:29pm On Sep 11, 2013
collynzo2: Happy birthday Osama!


Thank you Hitler...

How is the weather over there?

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Re: 12 Years After September 11, Haunting Memories Of Terror Attack by Austeenxx: 12:30pm On Sep 11, 2013
Well,









fap time!

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