Until the events of September 11, 2001, few Americans outside the field of academics gave much thought to education exchange between the United States and countries of the Middle East, or student visas, or the possibility that evil intentions could be hiding in the hearts of young persons who appeared to be harmless and amicable collegians. Few would have predicted that the most devastating attack ever to happen on American soil would be orchestrated by one of these students, a young man who had entered the country on a student visa. It was a startling realization for Americans, revealed alongside a wave of nationalism not witnessed since World War II. The postwar generations had naively taken their national security for granted.


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