• We can’t forget what happened on 9/11/01

    Date: 09.09.11 | by Judge Tom.

    The events of September 11, 2001 may be a faint memory to some of you. Ten years ago, many of you were 8 years-old or younger. Your parents may have kept you from seeing the images of the collapse of the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Since then you have learned the details of this terrorist attack by members of Al-Qaeda, a radical Muslin group dedicated to the destruction of the United States. In addition to the fall of the towers, two other planes crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed including the 19 terrorists on the four planes.*

    Your school may cover the events of 9/11 in social studies or government classes. The lessons to be learned are extensive including an understanding of Islam, U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world and the cultures of the Middle East. Through a deeper study of these issues, the stereotype that equates Muslims with terrorists should subside. You may be discussing the rise of terrorism and its impact on the United States, or the development of radical Islamic fundamentalism. With the passing of the Patriot Act in 2001, you may also discuss the ongoing debate over security versus civil liberties.

    Clifford Chanin, the education director of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum  commented, “I think it is essential that the event be studied and understood . . .It’s now a factor in what the world has become and what it will become. You’ve got to prepare students for some relationship with 9/11 and its consequences.”

    The weekend of September 10-11, 2011 we’ll witness memorial events across the country. A special commemoration in New York City at the footprints of the Twin Towers will be televised on Sunday. Nearby, 80 stories of the commemorative Freedom Tower is visible. It will be 1,776 feet in height in honor of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776. Family members of the victims will be attending as well as President Obama and numerous dignitaries.

    There are numerous websites about September 11 and the past decade. A few you may find interesting include:

    Learn About 9-11.org

    Smithsonian Institution

    *The leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, was killed on May 1, 2011 by U.S. military forces. This doesn’t mean the War on Terror has ended. Loyalists to Al-Qaeda and other radical groups continue to plot against the West and the United States.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Tulsa Divorce Attorneys
      Fri, 09 Sep 2011 at 01:00

      As time goes on wounds heal, but American’s will never forget 9/11.

    • Askthejudge.info
      Sat, 10 Sep 2011 at 12:51

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    • Askthejudge.info
      Mon, 12 Sep 2011 at 02:16

      Remembering 9/11. http://t.co/GooGxSq

    • Oklahoma City Divorce Attorneys
      Tue, 20 Sep 2011 at 08:10

      God Bless America!

    • Tulsa Marriage Counseling
      Tue, 20 Sep 2011 at 01:34

      That was a dark day in US history!

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