03 May 2011
9/11 Terrorist Attack
“Smoke clears, and a wail: Where did it go? Oh, Lord, where did it go?” says N.R. Kleinfield (qtd. in Raines 30). The date of September 11th, 2001, will go down in American history forever. This terrorist attack shocked not only the United States, but every other nation in the world. On this day there was nearly 2,900 deaths, it will go down as the largest and most effective terrorist attack ever to have occurred. After the attack of 9/11 the United States changed for the better, it brought change in our government and the faith we have in our country.
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The passengers showed great courage by intentionally sabotaging the terrorist attack. Both the north and south towers collapsed a little bit after 10 A.M. The north tower collapsed at roughly 10:05 A.M., and the south at 10:28 A.M. This was witnessed by millions of people on live television. The terrorist attack was seen as an act of war, and left the United States wondering who had done it.
The primary question for everyone in the United States was, who was responsible for the attacks on September 11th, 2001? The belief that the United States government took was that it was the Al-Qaeda group. Al-Qaeda is a worldwide terrorist group that is dedicated to Jihad, which means struggle or holy war (“Al-Qaeda”). The Al-Qaeda terrorist groups leader is Osama bin Laden, who also created the group. The 9/11 attacks weren’t the first attacks that they had been responsible for. They were also responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1996 assault on an American military barracks in Saudi Arabia, the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole (Greenberg). There were also rumors that the group had a planned series of bombings on New Years Eve in 2000 (Greenberg). The U.S. government believed that bin Laden had been planning the 9/11 attack for a number of years.
But the question that Americans keep on asking themselves is; why did they attack the United States in the first place? The reason for the terrorist attacks can mostly go back to the Persian Gulf War (“Al-Qaeda”). During the war, the U.S. established military bases in Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden felt that it was an insult to the Muslim people that infidels were being based in the holiest of Muslim countries. He issued his first fatwa which identified the United States as an enemy and justified Muslims to kill Americans anywhere in the world. Osama bin Laden stated that the Americans will keep on committing terrorist attacks as long as they continue to help Israel. The Al-Qaeda organization will carry out its jihad by the works of terrorist activities (September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks).
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the United States began a military buildup with the goal of invading Afghanistan and to take out the Taliban. The U.S. military and British military began bombing Afghanistan. The U.S. and British military bombed the cities of Kabul, and Qandahar. The capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, was taken over by the allies (Greenberg). A new and friendlier interim government was put in place. However, to this date we are still fighting in Afghanistan.
Many terrorist threats arose after the 9/11 attack. Bomb scares were being planned just days after the attack. A few politicians were shipped packages which contained Anthrax poisoning (Greenberg). A total of 5 people died from the Anthrax. Other people were infected by the Anthrax poisoning but were treated with medicine. The Anthrax packages were also said to be...