An event that sent the United States into emotional and economical distress, the attacks on the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001 opened the eyes of Americans to the threat of terrorism. As the world watched, three planes were flown into each of the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. The unexpected attack stunned americans everywhere and sent them into a feeling of confusion and want for those responsible to be punished. After investigation, it was discovered that those responsible were members of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden (History). The terrorists did these horrific attacks on the twin towers and the pentagon out of hatred of America. The fact that the attacks were done for essentially no reason brought out fear in Americans as they felt unsafe and that another attack could happen at anytime and any place. The government responded to these attacks by declaring a war on terrorists, vowing to “Meet violence with patient justice” (Bush). By declaring war on terror, the United States has spent over a trillion dollars to finance their was effort. The unexpected terrorist attacks sent Americans into a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty. This sense of fear, combined with an economic depression resulting from war, makes the attacks on September 11, 2001 the most traumatic event in American history.
September 11, 2001 (Also known as 9/11) is more traumatic than any other event in American history because unlike events like the civil war or the world wars, it was totally unexpected. While the government did know that al-Qaeda held a serious hatred towards America, no one could've guessed that such a large scale attack would've been carried out against innocent civilians. On September 11, 2001, 8:45 a.m., an American Airlines Boeing 767 with over 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the northern tower of the World Trade Center in the city of New York (History). 18 minutes after the first tower was hit, a second Boeing 767 appeared and turned toward the World Trade Center, heading directly into the south tower around the 60th floor. The plane crash caused an explosion that showered the streets below with burning debris. Then, as the world watched the events happening in New York City American Airlines Flight 77 hit the side of the Pentagon at 9:45 a.m (History). In an eye witness account of Syen Hussain, a worker at the first World Trade Center tower, he recalls while working on the first floor that as he was evacuating the building, he witnessed atrocities hes never seen such as “Devastation, body parts, plane parts, people jumping down from the windows” (Abbas). The fact that those in the tower were being forced to either burn to death or jump 100 stories to their death emphasizes the gruesome outcome of these attacks. What makes this event so traumatic is that not only was there was such a horrific outcome for the 3,000 innocent civilians who died in the attacks, but there was also a feeling of uncertainty and helplessness in Americans everywhere.
Another key reason that September 11, 2001 was the most traumatic event in American history was because after such an unexpected attack, Americans felt unsafe in that they could be the target of a terrorist attack. Citizens could relate to those civilians in the towers because they were just average americans at their day jobs. In his eye witness account, Syen Hussain explains how he was filled with anger at those responsible because the people who they harmed had done nothing wrong. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Americans now had a fear that they could be the target of a terrorist attack simply by chance, just as those in the World Trade Centers were. A great fear of Americans was now the idea of flying was dangerous. The terrorists used our own means of transportation as a weapon against us, which scared American citizens. The government needed to take action to keep the American...
...The events surrounding the September 11 attacks on the United States of America have often been shrouded in a cloud of controversy and mystery, with no one individual seemingly able to apprehend the “true” details of the terror attack. Many proposed theories have been brought forth, the most widely accepted being that of co-ordinated attacks by terrorist organisation “Al-Qaeda”. “9/11”, as the event is commonly known, is simply one of many global terrorism attacks that have seemingly consumed the contemporary world. Thus, it is up to the acts and responsibilities of governments and legal organisations to undertake action in attempt to achieve justice and equality throughout the world, ensuring the safety of all people. Although, it is clear that there are many so-called “grey areas” in the legal issues surrounding this event, this essay will seek to clarify any misconceptions that were misconstrued by media-related sources, in terms of how justice WAS achieved post September 11.
After the world as we knew it took a dramatic change on the 11th of September 2001, many feared for the worst. Initially denying any direct involvement in the co-ordinated attacks; Osama Bin Laden, leading the terrorist group “Al Qaeda”, later confirmed that they were indeed responsible for the attacks. This assault on the United States of America was the largest in modern history. Al-Qaeda, through Osama Bin...
Terrorism or Fraud?
8 October 2013
Over the past decade, the American government’s integrity has come into question for a number of reasons. Many conspiracy theorists believe that the War on Terror was started on purpose and that the American government or large corporations were actually behind the terrorist attack on 9/11. There are numerous reasons for them to believe this, because the stories the government created to cover up 9/11 are quite really pathetic in some cases. Americans now know of many of the details regarding the attack. A few days before the occurrence, there was extremely unusual stock activity that included record numbers of “put-options” put on American and United Airlines. Milliseconds before the buildings came down, eyewitnesses say they heard sounds of explosions going off inside the towers. Many also pondered why the buildings fell straight down like a controlled demolition when they should have fallen to the side. At the Pentagon, even more inexplicable things were happening. The plane that hit the building left no wing marks and there were no airplane parts found. Also, the FBI came and took away all surveillance videos that recorded the crash including surrounding businesses’ videos. Are all of these coincidences? I think not.
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 was11-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...
...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...
...September 11th 2001. The plan to destroy symbols of American power began when 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijack 4 planes that were flying above the US. American Airlines Flight 11was crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Centre, United Airlines Flight 175 was crashed into the south tower, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the US military headquarters in Washington D.C, the fourth plane crashed into a field near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In total, 2,996 people died, 200 fell or jumped, 247 died on planes and 55 were killed in Pentagon. This tragic event had major impacts in other countries, as well as New Zealand. These long and short term social, economic, political and military consequences changed New Zealand as a country. Its impacts can be still seen today.
It all started during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War over Palestine. In the end, the Israelis won the control over Palestine, displacing hundreds of thousands of Arabs. This soon led to the 6 Day War. Israel had a hugely successful military campaign against the Arab nations. The war was a military disaster for the Arabs but it was also a massive blow to the Arabs morale. Here were four of the strongest Arab nations systematically defeated by just one nation.
In 1980, Afghan Rebels, Mujahideens, launch a gorilla campaign against the occupying Soviet Army. By Spring 1986, Operation Cyclone enabled America to successfully provide...
...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 security spending have come about. (Amadeo). Military spending on the War on Terror meant that less funds were available to boost the country...
...9-119-11 is a day that we will never forget. On that day the twin towers got bomb barded into by two planes. They came crashing down and killing over 2,000 people that were working or anywhere near the twin towers at the time of impact.
The culture of Al Qaeda: Al Qaeda has a very unique culture because they are very strict in their society also their qualities of living are very low. Men are valued a lot more than women are valued, it is a men dominated culture.
The culture of US: In the US we have much more freedom and women have equal rights as men. We have the opportunity to do whatever we like to do with our lives. In our culture we can choose the religion that we would like to worship.
The attacks on 9-11 were clearly not an accident. The people responsible for the attack were Islamic terrorist who worked for Al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden was the head founder of the international alliance of terrorist. Al-Qaeda attacked many other countries but the attack on September 11, 2001 was the most horrendous attack on American grounds by far.
One of the reasons Al-Qaeda set their sights on the US was because of the U.S foreign policy in the Middle East. The Arabic countries did not like that the U.S supported Israel and did not like the U.S foreign policies because they did not think that it was...
9-11 Research Paper
By: William Culverwell
Teacher: Ms. McHenry
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the biggest terror attack in the history of the United States of America took place. The attacks killed almost 3,000 people and caused at least $10 billion worth of damage to the property and buildings! It was completely unexpected and was a devastating incident to the United States as a nation. It destroyed the twin towers, as well as damaging the pentagon, and a failed attack against the white house. The attack was caused by nineteen hijackers, on four different planes, three of which hit their targets. It was a tragic day in American history.
The attack was planned and carried out by the Al-Qaeda terror group. Initially the group denied involvement, but then as time went on they admitted to having been behind the attacks. Some of the reasons the listed for the attacks were: Us support of Israel, because of attacks against Muslims in Russia, Somalia, and the Middle East, and against the US troops in Saudi Arabia, and the US sanctions against Iraq. This led to one of the largest manhunts in the world, for Al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden. The manhunt lasted for ten years before he was caught and killed.
This was an attack that would change the United States forever. It created a reason for the security...