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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania "The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practice it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies." Terry Waite, British religious adviser, hostage in Lebanon, Feb. Shock, prayer and echoes of war From Mirror staff and wire reports Any notion of America being invincible died in tho monstrous rubble Tuesday. With the twin towers crumbled in New York, the Pentagon burning, a jetliner down in Pennsylvania, a morning's cruel work ended the nation's normalcy. "America is forever said Sen. Chuck Hagcl, R- Neb. "America is in for a long fight." Never has something so far away hit so close to homo. "I think we should all be worried. This is our Altoona resident Anna Stewart said "This is worse than Pearl Altoona schools Superintendent Dennis Murray said Tuesday afternoon. "I don't know what to Altoona resident Patrick Reilly said during a discussion with friends downtown. "We could wake up tomorrow and be in an all-out nuclear war." On the confused streets of Washington, D.C, and New York, where police gazing skyward stood with guns drawn, whore much of (he nation's leadership went into hiding, where pockets of pedestrians would start running but not know where or even why, the allusion that so many reached for was Pearl Harbor. But even that great shocker of American history was not completely apt, for this time the invader was unknown. The enemies were simply "they." "How could they pull this Joyce Jackson, an security export in Washington, asked with a sigh. "This country is supposed to be able to protect against something like this." So many questions. So much danger come improbably lo our doorstep. 7 r Complete A section coverage inside: From Altoona to Somerset County to Washington, D.C., to New York
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