9/11 changed America forever, and definitely raises a question, are we susceptible for another security breach? "Terrorists have come from the ranks of revolutionaries, secret police, and independence movements. Diverse political ideologies have also served as motivation for terrorist acts. The goals of such terrorists have included silencing political opposition, overthrowing governments, and making political statements." (Terrorism)
"[Harleen Gambir]"Dealing with this new reality is something that our generation is going to have to deal with. From now on there is never going to be a complete defeat of the people who want to harm us." Nearly 85 percent of respondents in a Brookings survey of Millennials said they couldn't envision a point in their lives when terrorism would no longer be a danger. Yet we tend to view the balance between security and other issues differently than our elders." (Towns)
Terrorism - Terrorism refers to violence—or the threat of violence—used to achieve a political goal. Terrorism may be carried out by individuals or groups that operate by stealth rather than by open assault. One of the primary objectives of a terrorist attack is to spread fear.
"The German intelligence service warned both the CIA and Mossad, the Israeli service, in the summer of 2001 that terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft and use them as weapons to attack US targets. The Israelis issued their own warnings to the FBI and the CIA in August 200l that [terrorist organization] al-Qaeda was planning to attack US targets. The State Department and the CIA even possessed information that al-Qaeda had decided on targeting American Airlines and United Airlines, prompting some Foreign Service officers to change travel plans." (Goodman) Our national security lies within our government and who we put into office, and since they didn't take these warnings into consideration, 9/11 happened. Security needs to be the first priority when electing government so we can prevent another 9/11 from happening.
"But I didn't know, just like I didn't know it was the last time Dad would ever tuck me in, because you never know." (Foer, 286)
The death of his father in the 9/11 attack causes both Oskar and his mom to hide their feelings, and disconnect with each other. Oskar starts to "invent" all the possible ways his father could've died, and thinks it may have been his fault.
Since 9/11, we should enforce better security to reassure safety within the nation.
There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds
"Why is it important to examine what Millennials have learned from the 9/11 attacks and America's response to it? It is clear that Millennials will one day govern the country, but our impact on America occurs long before we take the reins of leadership." (Towns)
I don't think we should be hysterical, but I don't think we should be complacent, either, because just the fact that we are safer does not mean we are completely safe and the job is done. (Chertoff)
In New York City, Oskar and his mother represent the aftermath of the many families influenced by the horrific events of 9/11. Had there have been better security in place, these tragic events could've been prevented and Oskar would still have his father. "Maybe he didn't say he loved me because he loved me. But that wasn't a good enough explanation. I [Oskar] said, "I need to know how he died." He [Grandfather] flipped back and pointed at, "Why?" "So I can stop inventing how he died. I'm always inventing." (Foer, 256)
" I hope that not only in this country but in countries overseas, future administrations continue not only to retain all the options that we're using now, but to think of new options, to evolve our system, and to adapt our system to what will continue to be a dynamic threat coming from some very, very dangerous parts of the world." (Chertoff) We must learn from others before us, and enforce higher security to make the nation a better place for everyone.
"[Harleen Gambir]"Dealing with this new reality is something that our generation is going to have to deal with. From now on there is never going to be a complete defeat of the people who want to harm us." Nearly 85 percent of respondents in a Brookings survey of Millennials said they couldn't envision a point in their lives when terrorism would no longer be a danger." (Towns)
"Fear or anger hasn't sent the Millennial generation into seclusion, despite the fact many Millennials believe that the U.S. is no longer globally respected. In fact, Millennials, in spite of or in response to the 9/11 attacks, are more eager than our predecessors to engage with other cultures firsthand and some have embraced opportunities to be a more global generation." (Towns)
Thus saying we should "put ourselves right in the middle of the hysteria and complacency." (Chertoff) This keeps us aware of our surroundings, but less worried of the risk of terrorism.
"Since 9/11, we and our friends and allies overseas around the globe have taken decisive steps to enhance our security and that of the people, the free people and the freedom- and peace-loving people around the world." (Chertoff)
"How this generation views the world and America's polices 15 years after 9/11 will no doubt influence our choice of leadership. This anniversary we can begin to see how these worldviews are forming." (Towns)