Submited by: Athihe Krichena
M.A English (p) 2nd Semester
I.A Response sheet
26th March, 2012.
“TERRORIST’S ATTACKS: 26/11 AND 9/11”. The widespread use of the very term 26/11 set the Mumbai terrorist attack apart in the public consciousness with its clear reference to the 9/11 terminology of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. It is a terminology with which Indian has a love-hate relationship. On the one hand, it suggests that India’s misfortune can only evoke international sympathy and status if they are in some way positioned as satellites of America’s darkest hour of the new century. On the other hand, it has helped imprint in our minds a shorthand reference for the outrage, anger and despair both attacks evoked. Both were similar in their ability to shake people to their core.
Many Indians while sympathising with the United States after 9/11, pointed out the 6,000 feared dead in the WTC wasn’t a big number compared with 50,000 killed over a decade in Kashmir. The US was getting a small dose of Islamic terrorism that had long devastated Kashmir. The US never equated Kashmiri terrorism with war and always told India to be calm and not bomb terrorist training camps in Pakistan. But when the US itself got a taste of this at home, it went ballistic, declared it was at war with terrorism and vowed to attack and kill all the perpetrators. Many have also resented that the terrorist groups out of Pakistan with the blessing of the ISI are basically funded by the United States aid to Pakistan, though not directly and says that the 26/11 attack was another tragic outcome to the US government’s reaction.
9/11 in part remains so resonant in the US, precisely because of its uniqueness- unique because there had not been a similar incident before or has not been one since. Before 9/11 the US suffered terrorist attacks on embassies and other installations abroad. But 9/11 was the first terrorist attack on US...
...one of the worst attacks in history to occur on United States soil.
On September 11th, 2001, a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda on the United States occurred. On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial U.S. passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the fourth crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania after passengers fought back against the terrorists to try and regain control of the plane. This is the story the government wanted its people to believe. However, the truths about the attacks on 9/11 are much more frightening.
First, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City, between floors 93 and 99 going 466 mph. This attack was followed by United Airlines Flight 175, which hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. between floors 77 and 85 going 590 mph. Firefighters were dispersed immediately and went inside to try and control the fires. Now why would these firefighters risk their lives and climb up numerous flights of stairs to try and control the fires? Because they knew that these steel buildings were strong and sturdy (Palisner). Never in history has a steel-framed skyscrapers collapsed from fire, since...
...Enough Conspiracy Theories, Already The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 By David Ray Griffin. Second edition. Olive Branch Press. 254 pages. $15.
The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions By David Ray Griffin Olive Branch Press. 339 pages. $18.
Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action By David Ray Griffin Westminster John Knox Press. 246 pages. $17.95.
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts By the editors of Popular Mechanics Hearst Books. 170pages. $14.95.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."
At almost every progressive gathering where there's a question and answer period, someone or other vehemently raises 9/11 and espouses a grand conspiracy theory.
If you haven't had the pleasure of enduring these rants, please let me share.
Here's what the conspiracists believe:
9/11 was an inside job.
Members of the Bush Administration ordered it, not Osama bin Laden.
The Twin Towers fell because the Bush Administration got agents to plant explosives at the base of those buildings.
Building 7, another high-rise at the World Trade Center that fell on...
September 11, 2001 was one of the most tragic days in U.S. history. The attacks on the World Trade Center were absolutely hanis to say the least. The attacks took many people by surprise, including myself. That day made a tremendous impact on our country that still exist today and will probably last a very long time. Terrorism has been around for a many years; however, the terrorist attacks of9-11 changed the United States forever.
The terrorists’ attacks of 9-11 did not have much of a personal effect on me due to the fact that I didn’t have any ties to the areas in which they took place. However, it did affect me emotionally and mentally. I was 11-years-old when the event took place. It was a normal day for a sixth grader at Camden Middle School. I remember being in my language arts class when my teacher turned on the TV to the news channel. Almost every channel was broadcasting this awful event. We watched as the World Trade Center was smothered in black smoke and surrounded by firefighters, police, and paramedics. We were just children so we didn’t know what to think. We couldn’t understand what happened or why someone would even do such a thing. It was hard to watch for most of us. Some of my classmates even cried. Shortly after the news circulated, students were being picked up by their...
...An Analysis of the 9/11 Terrorist Attack
On September 11, 2001, 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four United States commercial airliners travelling from the east coast to California. The hijackers forcibly took control of four planes. Two planes were purposefully crashed into the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. The third aircraft was flown into the Pentagon building in Washington DC. The fourth plane landed in a Pennsylvania field. All of the people on board the aircrafts were killed. There were 2996 people killed including the hijackers and the airline passengers and the victims on the ground in New York and Washington DC. A total of 836 first responders also died as the result of their efforts to rescue people in the WTC before it collapsed (The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, 2004). According to the US government, 9/11 was an act of war. The United States government, state and local agencies mobilized during the disaster. Victims in New York and Washington DC were taken to area hospitals for medical treatment. As the result of the terrorist attack, the government instituted a series of measures that changed the United States policy towards terrorism and homeland security.
The aftermath of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks left the country in a state of shock. The report on 9/11 details...
...Was 9/11 An Inside Job?
September 11, 2001 holds a special place in almost every American’s heart, as well as those of families in other countries who lost a loved one that day. Not only is Sept. 11th the bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the nation, several groups of people within our own country and abroad believe that knowledge of this attack was held prior to the actual event. What has been reported and believed was that two airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City, and one airplane into the Pentagon. Different conspiracy theories have developed on the internet, and several websites claim to have legitimate cases regarding the validity of the “true” story. These claims are nothing less than a slap in the face of some thousands of Americans who risked their lives to remove others from harms way. The true story, however, is one of pain and suffering that my fellow citizens and I share.
Since the day of the attack, rumors have circulated through blogs, magazines, websites, and simple word of mouth claiming that 9/11 was assisted by the U.S. Government. There are two different categories of conspiracy theories that establish this belief. The most farfetched conspiracy theories that I have seen belong to those who believe that the attacks were planned and executed by our central government. Other groups hold the idea...
...people were going to have to deal with for a while. "It's not easy being a survivor," said one of the firefighters apart of 9/11. They did not understand why they were still alive and so many of their felloe firefighters and other who were dieing around them. They were seen as heroes to the world, but to themselves they did not feel like one, knowing how many people were suffering and dieing. NO one should have had to see or gone through what so many people did on that very day.
"Ground Zero," as some would call it, where thousands and thousands of lives were lost, with should go without saying, putting a huge hole in the population. As people were trying to save lives, it became extremely difficult because all the debris was flying in the air and was destroying things by the second. Buildings collapsing all around you made you feel there were nothing you could do but save yourself. Fire trucks, ambulances, cars, anything that you could imagine were crushed into almost nothing. Aids were becoming in high demand considering the amounts of people injured who needed to be cared for immediately. Manhattan was a mess, firefighters putting in 24-hour shifts to try and get things cleaned up, but it felt like it was never end. This defiantly put a big dent in New York's economy causing the average taxpayer to cough up more cast to help the aid and after affects of 9/11. More money was needed to restructure and re-build...
...Impact of 9-11
On September 11, 2001 America woke up expecting a normal day. What America did not expect was that this day was going to change history forever. On that day Islamic extremist high-jacked four U.S. airplanes with the intent of crashing them into the twin towers, the Pentagon and the White House. Two of the planes did indeed crash into the twin towers in New York City and another was used to hit the pentagon. The passengers on the last plane however, fought back, and it was landed before it could be used to hit the white house. “A decade later, what happened on Sept. 11 still resonates for much of the country. Even more Americans now say the horror of that day changed their lives.”1 These were the first attacks ever directed toward U.S. civilian population. These organized attacks lead to the need for an immediate change in the way the United States approached defending itself.
One of the major changes that were caused by the attack of 9/11 was the introduction to the Patriot Act. “The USA PATRIOT Act is an Act of Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. The title of the act is a ten-letter acronym (USA PATRIOT) that stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001The Patriot Act gives the U.S....
...Terrorism Following 9/11Attacks
There has never been a time that terrorism has been so high; not only in the United States, but all around the world. The most concentrated areas of terrorist attacks are in and around the Middle East. Places like Israel, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, to name a few, see terroristic attacks with almost daily consistency. In addition to these countries, there are increasing tensions in and around the Middle East as a result of the Arab Spring. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria all have seen the effect of the Arab Spring, and these affects are spilling over to other nations around the area and across the world.
Why Is Terrorism More Frequent In Certain Areas of the World
It is well understood that terrorism is more prevalent in and around the Middle Eastern Region, but why? There are two prevailing theory’s that may shed light on an answer to this question. First, many believe that inequality and economic poverty are the root cause that drives acts of terrorism (Goldstein, 2005). The second theory and one generally agreed upon in the United States, is the idea that a lack of political freedom and general human rights has caused marginalized groups to lash out in acts of terrorism (Goldstein, 2005). This idea seems to be the most prevalent, and could explain the current upheaval of governments in the Middle East. While many people in the Middle East...