In this presentation we are going to talk about one of the worst problems that affects humankind today. Unfortunately this is also a major problem in Spain. The problem we are referring to is TERRORYSM . We are going to concentrate on the dramatic attack to the twin towers. The 11th of September 2001 will always be in our minds as a synonym of a tragedy. We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw the pictures of the skyscrapers being attacked. The most powerful nation on earth was attacked unexpectedly changing the landscape of NY forever . As a consequence of the attack American citizens became very concerned about security, safety measures and passport controls.
Some of the changes are all too obvious. This is now a very security conscious nation . The feeling of safety provided by two mighty oceans now gone, Americans no longer get on planes as if they were buses or go to baseball games without a brush from a metal or explosives detector . But as Dr. Matthew Spalding of the Heritage Foundation points out , alongside fear there is also pride, patriotism and a new sense of purpose . Dr Matthew Spalding: “I think Americans have changed considerably. September 11th of last year, flags went up everywhere; a sense of patriotism abounded . A year later it's a sense of a mellowed patriotism, a thoughtful patriotism. Americans aren't afraid to be patriotic and want to think about it. Secondly, I would say Americans are more thoughtful about foreign policy and domestic policy and, thirdly, I would say Americans are looking inward to things that are important to them; their families, their churches, service in their community -- things that in the long run will be good for them, their families and their lives.”
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