terrorism isn't just about killing a large amount of people. it's about fear, and using that fear to disrupt our everyday lives. and by all accounts, they have met those goals in spades with just a few successful attacks here on American soil. look at all the changes and how we reacted to being attacked on 9/11. it radically changed our lives in many ways. it changed may people's view's of all things. we aren't the same country that we were before 9/11 in many ways. our security, how we travel and how we view the outside world. and every time another attack happens, or some horrific event, almost automatically, one of the first speculative opinions or fears is, whether it's another terror attack. and in many ways, compared to other parts of the world, our country was a relative amateur in dealing with terror attacks in our own country. terror attacks were something we saw on TV that were happening in other countries. but never here on America. 9/11 changed that dramatically. it changed us. so would one conclude that these terror attacks were successful? IMO, yes the were. in some ways we gave up privacy and our rights for some sense of security, or false sense of security is probably more accurate. we became more suspicious of those from certain regions of the world that were in our country. many now view an entire religion as being suspect and that of terrorists. it spawned an entire new agency within the government. it created new conflicts in other parts of the world, that we might should never have been involved with in the first place. and last, but not least, here we are discussing it and trying to figure out how not to be victims of a terror attack ourselves and how we can prevent it from happening again.