ESSAY – What impacts did 9/11 have on America?
September 11, 2001, also known as 9/11, was the day that changed America, and made the world stand still. It was the most extreme attack that America had ever witnessed, far surpassing any other attempted terrorist attack. There were great impacts following 9/11, including the effects on the psychology of the American public and their perceptions of the world and other races. There was a significant impact on the economy. The government expended massive amounts of money in anti-terrorism measures, including war, business insurance, personal compensation and general clean-up costs. The attacks also had a huge impact on the American government, and its citizens’ perception of the government, specifically George W. Bush, who was the president at the time. On September 11th 2001, there were multiple terrorist attacks directed at the United States of America. Four planes were hijacked mid-flight. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers (the world trade centre) in New York. Another plane destroyed part of the pentagon in Virginia, and the fourth was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers disabled the terrorists. There are many suggested reasons for the attacks on the United States, some of which have been made public by Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda – an armed Islamic group. Bin Laden blamed American occupation of the Middle East, and their support of Israel, for the attacks. Al Qaeda is widely believed to be responsible for the 9/11 attacks, as well as many other terrorist attacks (including a previous truck bomb which was detonated under the World Trade Centre in 1993). As a result of 9/11, there were many impacts on the United States, as well as the rest of the world. The impacts include effects on peoples’ thoughts and beliefs, an effect on the economy, the cultivation of a nation of fear and insecurity, as well as growing distrust of the American Government. 9/11 is described as the day that changed the world. It had a greater impact on the United States than the Pearl Harbour bombings, or the assassination of John F Kennedy. It impacted on the politics, policies and psychology of America and its people more than any other attack that America has ever experienced. 9/11 started as a normal day for most victims of the attack– they got dressed and went to work. They did not suspect that it was to be their last day on Earth. The first plane, Flight 11, hit the North tower at 8:46am, between the 93rd and 99th floor, causing massive structural damage to the building, as well as extreme fires as a result of the jet fuel. As though one plane wasn’t enough, a second plane, Flight 175, crashed into the South tower at 9:03am. Hundreds of people died on impact. Other people died, attempting to survive, by jumping from the building. At 9:37am, the Pentagon was hit by Flight 77, all 64 people died on impact, as well as 125 Pentagon personnel. Approximately 3000 people were killed by the terrorist attacks in total. The 9/11 attacks were not the first attempt to destroy the World Trade Centre – on February 26th, 1993 a truck bomb was detonated underneath the World Trade Centre. The plan was to blow up the North Tower and have it fall directly onto the South Tower, destroying both. This failed, although it did kill 6 people, and injure thousands. The culprits were all members of Al Qaeda. 9/11 caused a mass wave of racism all over the word towards any one of Middle Eastern appearance. Even today, there is an intense amount of casual racism – in every country. Directly after the 9/11 attacks, there were hate crimes directed at anyone of Muslim appearance: an example of this is 4 days after the attacks, Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed outside a gas station by an American civilian, Frank Silva Roque. When Roque was approached by police his excuse was, “I’m a patriot and an American. I’m American. I’m a damn American.” This demonstrates the outbreak of...
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 of 9-11 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 parents. It was as if they were worried about...
September 11 is a tragic event and an unforgettable day to Americans. Nineteen
terrorists seized four commercial U.S jets and crashed them into American symbols of the
military and capitalism, and shook the entire nation. The attack did change Americans,
mostly for a short while, but it did make huge impacts in America.
The Mindset of Americans
Americans became closer, more spiritual, less materialistic, but only for a while. In spite of terror and grief, Americans with utmost hope and compassion helped the person in need. They prayed together and stood together. The attacks of September 11 have made some people feel insecure, particularly the ones who lost their loved ones. Appreciation, gratitude, and support to the fire fighters, the army, and to the people who protect the country have increased.[Ostroushko] Even the pop songs in TV stopped for few days. Patriotic albums were released, such as “The Rising” by Springsteen and “Freedom” by Paul McCartney. People who were obsessed with who is at the top of music charts and new releases got interested in news and the world around them. Also, the blood donation rapidly increased following the attacks, showing the feeling of sympathy felt by Americans.[Glynn] For the most part, it was an awakening for these people; September 11 showed that, for the...
THE IMPACT THAT SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 CAUSED THE UNITED STATES
A. The first thing I will discussing will be judicial.
1. The American justice system
B. The second thing I will be discussing will be emotionally
1. How people felt about the war
2. Hate crimes against middle-east Americans
C. The third thing I will be discussing will be economically
1. The personal safety of Americans
2. The routine mistakes of our critical infrastructure
3. The problems we had economically
4. The estimated cost of war and how much it cost the U.S from 2001-2013
D. The fourth thing I will be discussing will be political
1. The surveillance act
2. Who was president at the time and would it been different with different president was in office
THE IMPACT THAT SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 CAUSED THE UNITED STATES
I will be discussing the changes in America since the attacks of September, 11, 2001. The threats to civil liberties, neglect of social problems and the politics that have change since September, 11, 2001. There have been many turning points in American History, but none have had the same effect as September 11, 2001. Many Americans relate to the day to be the country’s loss of innocence. As the result of September 11, 2001 many Americans lives were...
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Eleven years after 9/11America is weaker not stronger. Discuss. 6th December 2012.
International Political Economy (BUS4005)
Contents Page number
2.2 Consumer Sentiment5
2.3Airline and Insurance industry5
3.1Cost of War6
3.3Annual Federal Budget Deficit7
3.4Balance of Trade8
4.International Relations 8
4.1The United Kingdom 8
4.3The Middle East 9
5.US Politics 10
5.1Presidency Approval Rating 10
5.2Iraqi War 10
5.3PATRIOT Act 11
5.4Conspiracy Theories 12
6.1Sense of Threat 13
6.2Heightened Paranoia 14
6.3Effect of War 14
The purpose of this essay is to discuss the idea that eleven years after 9/11, America is weaker not stronger.
I will analyse this issue from an international political economic perspective. The effects of this event are so vast that using the ideas of any single academic discipline will not suffice. It calls for an interdisciplinary, multidimensional analysis. With this in mind the aspects that I will take into account for my study are microeconomics, macroeconomics, U.S politics, international relations...
U.S. History 1896 – Present
9-11 & the Effects on America
The events that took place on September 11th 2001 changed the way things worked in America. 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. These were the first attacks ever directed toward U.S. civilian population. These calculated attacks lead to the need for an immediate change in the way U.S. 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 Patriot Act gives the U.S. power to deter and punish terrorist acts in the U.S. and around the world. It was passed on October 26th, 2001, just forty-six days after the attacks on the twin towers and the pentagon occurred. The patriot act dramatically reduced restrictions on law enforcement agencies' ability to search telephone, e-mails, medical, financial, and other records; eased restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering within the United States. Basically there was nothing off limits to government agencies such as the F.B.I.,...
..."The Political Impact of 9/11: The Post War Notion of Race Change"
After September 11, 2001, the world as its citizens knew it would never be the same, especially the United States. The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11) consisted of a series of coordinated suicide attacks on the United States of America allegedly by al-Qaeda, which is an international alliance of Islamic militant terrorist organization founded in nineteen eighty-eight. On that morning, nineteen terrorists believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners, each team equipped with an United States trained al-Qaeda pilot. The hijackers crashed two of the airliners into the World Trade Center in New York City, resulting in the collapse of both buildings and extensive damage to nearby buildings. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. In addition to the nineteen hijackers, two thousand nine hundred and seventy four people died as an immediate result of the attacks. American culture as it was understood to be, prior to these events, would never be the same. What I mean by that is, if you just look at the television now and year before 9/11, I argue you will not find many similarities. Every other day there is an update on the war on terror, several years ago around...
The Impact9/11 Had on America
The events that took place on September 11th 2001 showed America that we need to expect the unexpected and prepare for the future. On this day, 19 terrorists from a group called al-Qaeda hijacked 4 commercial passenger planes. Two of them were crashed into the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center. The third plane was crashed into The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane they say was intended to be crashed into the White House itself, but the plane landed in Pennsylvania instead. Following 9/11, the U.S. government took many steps to try to make the country safer, such as heightened airport security, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Patriot Act.
Since airplanes became the weapon of choice for the terrorists, there is now more airport security. Responsibility for airport security screening after 9/11 was handed over to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Passengers since then have been subjected to much more vigorous screening procedures. “Some security measures require passengers to remove their shoes and jackets before walking through x-ray machines” (Delgadillo). These new procedures allow for TSA workers to screen passengers in a more detailed way, to find out what exactly a person is carrying with them and to avoid any suspicious items from boarding a...
...The Flight that Changed America
“I felt so much pride, so much love. You get a handful of days like this in a lifetime. Take in every minute. They’ll be over soon enough, and you never know what tomorrow will bring.” This was said by Elliot on September 10, 2001. Little did Elliot know that by saying this quote he was speaking to what the next day would bring. The next day was a day that changed America forever. September 11, 2001 is day no one will forget. Who would have thought that a plane crashing into the twin towers would have caused so much damage? That plane crashing was just the beginning of the downhill spiral of our economy, our national security, and the war on terrorism.
The terrorist goal was to destroy the United States economy by abolishing its centers of power: Wall Street, the Pentagon and the White House. They unfortunately successfully hit their first two targets. The closing of the stock market for four days was one of the many signs of our global economic downfall. The stock market hasn’t been shut down since the Great Depression when President Roosevelt closed the stock markets for two days in 1933 to stop bank runs. The terrorist attacks aggravated the recession of 2001. The recession of 2001 had started in March. The recession was officially over in November of 2001, but due to the threats of war the recession continued. This recession led to a debt crisis. Due to the attacks, inflated defense and...