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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. 20,1992Shock, prayer and echoes of war From Mirror staff and wire reports Any notion of America being invincible died in the 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 changed,’’ said Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. “America is in for a long fight.” Never has something so far away hit so close to home. “I think we should all be worried. This is our country,” Altoona resident Anna Stewart said. “This is worse than Pearl Harbor," Altoona schools Superintendent Dennis Murray said Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t know what to think,” 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, where much of the 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 off?” Joyce Jackson, an AT&T security expert 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 to our doorstep. 7    22910    00050Complete A section coverage inside:From Altoona to Somerset County to Washington, D.C., to New York ;

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