Scott Burns
MSN Money
February 13, 2008

Having just spent five days in the disaster that is Florida real estate, it makes me wonder: Is it possible that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were the root cause of declining home values? Is it possible that subprime loans and speculative building/buying were no more than tools, the equivalent of hijacked airliners?

If so, the eventual economic cost of those attacks may run in the trillions of dollars. It may also help us find the unity to gird our country against the biggest threat since World War II.

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