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9/11 Ten Years Later (YP Discussion Group)


Ten years ago planes hijacked by the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, killing nearly three thousand.  The US responded to the attack by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan, and then Iraq.  In the decade since, the US has occupied two countries and carried out countless attacks on Islamist militants throughout the world.  As we mark the ten year anniversary of 9/11 many are asking, what is the legacy of the attack?  What have our responses accomplished?  Has justice been served, or are we now locked in an endless struggle against an enemy we still have yet to define?

Some reading to ground our discussion:

The 9/11 Anniversary Reader (Foreign Policy)  An good collection of articles regarding 9/11 and the decade since.

A decade after the 9/11 attack, Americans live in an era of endless war (Washington Post)

Remembering 9/11 (Economist)  Scroll down to find the correspondents' thoughts.

9/11 from Arab Shores (Foreign Policy)


Another question to ask, as it has been many times over by pudits, is are we safer? Immediately following 9/11 our national security aperatus grew exponentially, as cronicled in Frontlines recent report, Top Secret America, What are the implications, costs, benefits of this? How do we know?

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