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Thursday, May 19, 2005
 
The Twin Towers
by Cordeiro
In America, we are very good at building things. We build bigger buildings, stronger structures, and faster machines than anyone else on the earth. Some people call this arrogance. Most of that feeling is bred from pure jealousy- but that is a rant for another time.

In 1973 the final touches were put on the World Trade Center in New York City. The Twin Towers stood as monuments to American Capitalism and the success of the American way of life. Some people liked them. Some people hated them. Either way, the Twin Towers became an anchor on the Manhattan skyline - one of the most recognized sights in all the world.

In the early morning hours of September 11, 2001, crazed Islamofascist terrorist murdering thugs turned two passenger airliners into cruise missiles and tore a hole in downtown Manhattan - and in turn a hole in the heart of America.

That hole, both figuratively and literally, remains to this day.

Many ideas have been bantered about as to what to do with the land on which the Towers stood. The most recent, and approved, plan is to build what has been called The Freedom Tower on the WTC site. Said tower would stand 1776 feet above Manhattan. It would be the tallest building in the world, at least until somebody decided to build something a few inches taller.

Myself, I don't like the idea of replacing the Twin Towers with one. Personally I think any change wrought upon the Manhattan skyline resulting from the events of September 11th will stand as a testament to the effectiveness of terror. Since that fateful day in the fall of 2001 I have made several trips to New York. I am not alone in my opinion.

This week "The Donald" Trump came out and said what a lot of people are thinking. He's good at that. He called the proposed Freedom Tower a "disgusting pile of junk" and added "I'd rather have nothing than what they're building."

And its not just a Donald thing. Father Jim Chern, a Roman Catholic priest, of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J. puts it in much gentler manner:

In our lifetime, it will probably never feel "normal" to visit those grounds. In a post-Sept. 11 world, as we live with terror threats, warnings and fears, and with the memories of the horrors of that day, it's hard to imagine that, even decades from now, any of us who witnessed the attacks would not be filled with emotion in that place.

What would, however, bring a sense of normalcy back to Ground Zero would be to see the towers restored. Our elected officials need to marshal the same strength and resources that moved people to clear the site to motivate them to rebuild.
I believe Father Chern has made a point worth listening to.

Build them taller. Build them stronger. Whatever you do there, put back what the terrorists tried to take away.

Here endeth the lesson.
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Build them taller. Build them stronger. Whatever you do there, put back what the terrorists tried to take away.

But there's no way to restore it for those that remember. I'm in a favor of a monument, but honestly, it's not my city. If the residents that have to live around Ground Zero need 1 or 2 towers should be entirely up to them.

Or as conservative fondly state, up to "market forces". If no one wants to build then the government definitely should not fund it.
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