Armed security guards accompanying a tourist tour on an excursion last year through Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city .

by Garry Pierre-Pierre

Since the weeks following the World Trade Center disaster on that balmy day in September of 2001, the America we used to live in has ceased to exist.

It would have been a dereliction of duty for political leaders not to have taken stern steps to guarantee our safety. And boy did they ever. Air travel was radically altered. Islam as a religion was labeled a threat to Western values. The Patriot Act peeled away our civil liberties. And we waged war on two different nations: Afghanistan and Iraq. Both wars are still going on today—to our detriment.

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