2001 will be forever remembered as Annus Horribilis, a tragic, horribly painful year, in which our beautiful open American society suffered a serious blow at the hand of Islamic terrorists. Our hearts bled on September 11 when hijackers took the lives of more than 3,500 people by crashing four fully fueled planes, loaded with unsuspecting passengers, into the Pentagon, the twin towers of the New York World Trade Center, and a field in rural Pennsylvania. We watched with horror as the two 110-story twin towers crumbled to the ground in a mountain of burning rubble, covering acres in lower Manhattan with death and destruction. That catastrophic day was like no other day in our history, with the possible exception of December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and killed or maimed more than 3,000 people. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, the United...

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