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The Hate That Propels Terrorists

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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
Most of us don't think about 9/11 very often. I'm guessing about the only time we think about terrorism is when were in line at the airport, standing there in stocking feet, wondering if this can possibly make a difference.

Last week the New York Times broke the government's grip on the transcripts of the 9/11 calls that poured in that day. To read the words of the dispatchers — who wanted to be reassuring but who knew some of the people who were calling were doomed — was stunning sobering stuff.

Memories of that clear September day come flooding back. And so, again today are we reminded.

At the Zacarias Moussaoui trial jurors will hear, for the first time, cockpit tapes from Flight 93, the plane that crashed that day in a pasture in Pennsylvania. They will hear the sounds of people being killed.

It may be difficult, but we need to remind ourselves of the horror of September 11 — of the lives lost, of the hate that propels the terrorists.


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By Harry Smith