A great terror struck our nation September 11, 2001, two aircraft’s hit the world trade centers, killing 2000 people and injuring over twice as many. A third aircraft flew into the Pentagon while a fourth crashed in a rural area in Pennsylvania. This day will forever be engrained into history as one of the worst terror attacks faced in this nation. Nearly three years later, in an attempt to figure out what happened on that tragic day, scholars came together to discuss the possible parallels between foreign and domestic terrorist. The author, Michael Kimmel, outlines the possible cause of the 2001 attacks and offers us a link between both foreign and domestic terrorism.
9/11 Attacks Impacts Throughout Times On September 11, 2001, Arab terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, killing hundreds of Americans and causing widespread panic in the U.S. The 9/11 incident has dramatically altered the course of society through its integrity and stability with a haze of everlasting paranoia of Middle Easterners and the oncourse of foreign policies. Such haze has conjured an ensemble of unity within international politics. Ever since 9/11, xenophobia against the Middle Eastern community has persisted and stirred among the U.S. in various forms.
Department of homeland security and Domestic Terrorism One of the major reasons why defining domestic terrorism has proved difficult is because different agencies approach terrorism with their different interpretations (White, 2013). The difference between the various definitions of domestic terrorism lies within the various descriptions given about terrorists’ motivations. White (2013) classified domestic terrorism as either those that are politically motivated or others that attempt greater specificity. It is however difficult to establish and define the motivations of terrorists. It is therefore necessary do in-depth analysis on terrorists’ motivation because their purpose reflects the methods and targets the terrorists are most likely to select.
Many acts of terrorism still happen today. Terrorism is the use of violence against a person's property. In the 1800's, John Brown was against slavery and fought for what he believed in, but his actions were violent and he terrorized many people. Even though terrorism can be defined in many ways, John Browns actions at Harpers Ferry and Pottawatomie Creek were acts of terrorism, which justify him as a terrorist.
September 11th, 2001, left a devastating impact on not only the United States, but worldwide. Many families had been separated and many souls were lost in what was one of the most terroristic events that has ever happened on American ground. As two planes crashed into the Twin Towers located in New York, thousands of people would be left stuck in the crumbling building, some able to escape, while others were not as lucky. In an essay by Peter Bergen called “Could it Happen Again? In the National Interest”, Bergen highlights inside details of the fatal attack and what caused Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to reign its terror on the Twin Towers.
America became a nation who questioned the intentions of every Middle Eastern person. Today, there are Middle Eastern men and women who are pulled over for “suspicious activity.” Some people will even walk a little faster or in a different direction when a Muslim walks down the street. September 11, 2001 will remain the day when children became orphans and parents became childless. As those giant towers collapsed, so did our sense of security and the “safest place on Earth” became a home of fear.
The horrific events of September 11, 2001 was not the first example of a terrorist attack upon the United States carried out by radical Islamist. In 1993 Al Qaeda bombed the North tower of the World Trade Centers in attempt to knock down the building and to causes utter chaos. This plan failed and in the process, killing 6 and injuring 1,042. This attack by Al Qaeda proved that the United States was not invincible superpower country but that they were susceptible to terrorist attacks. This attack by Al Qaeda gave them the confidence and experience to carry out another attack.
After a terrorist attack of any kind there are always consequences that must be faced. Sometimes the point of the terrorist attacks is because the organization wished to send a message or to influence policy in their favor. However, after the 9/11 attacks administrators realized that the United States was not prepared for a tragedy of this kind and had little to no measures to prevent one, this lead them to create new programs and policies. Terrorist organization’s goal often comes down to one of the following: regime change, territorial change, policy change, social control and status quo maintenance. The main purpose of a terror attack may well be to influence public policy.
Rough Draft: After the 9/11 attack many Americans have come to realize what terrorism really is, but for the kids that 9/11 was history to here you go. Terrorism today is the use of violence usually against other countries aimed towards politics. Targeting terrorist leaders might not make much difference, but it is cheap, it is low risk for the United States (Fisher,par.18). According to Max Fisher’s article going after terrorist leaders isn’t always the best, well the U.S. did that for the 9/11 attack, we ended up killing Osama Bin Laden the man who planned 9/11 out. Terrorist groups like the Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Jihadist are a threat to mankind.
The terrorist attack that occurred on Sept 11, 2001 was the deadliest hit on American soil since Pearl Harbor. This horrific act of terrorism has and forever will have a lasting impact on our national security policies, our economy and our perception of the Muslim community. Osama Bin Laden orchestrated a very strategic, methodical terror attack on the US that resulted in nearly 3000 souls perishing on that fateful day.
Terrorism is the unlawful use or threat of violence especially against the state or public as a politically motivated means of attack according to Merriam Webster Dictionary. Terrorism, while on the rise, needs to be stopped by strong nations like America. America has the ability to stand up to terrorism with its unique strength and its limitless resources. America should stand up to terrorism by using one of the most important limitless resources, the american people. How the american people can stand up to terrorism is by strengthening their economy.
It explores how the uncritical belief in the official 9/11 story is affecting culture in Western Countries. An Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, Peek provides through interviews of 140 Muslim Americans firsthand experience post 9/11 that lived in New York. Her book toughly shows the discrimination and various forms of harassment against Muslims following the 9/11 attack. Peek helps advance the idea that the mere accusation that Al-Qaeda was responsible for the attack on the world trade center revived and extended the country’s fear towards Muslims. Peek emphasis on how Muslim Americans treated as the enemy; the media following what the government reported framed 9/11 within the context of Islam.
Terrorism is one of the most commonly used words today and somehow, a widely accepted definition of terrorism does not exists, despite various efforts in trying to define the phenomenon by academic scholars, states and international organizations. How is it possible that such known and widely used term has not yet been defined? The main purpose of this paper is to try to answer the very question of why is it so difficult to come up with a universal definition of terrorism. Second part of this short paper will discuss how, the lack of definition of terrorism impact policy and scholarly research. Lastly, the essay will touch upon the effect mass media have on how general population perceive and define terrorism.
What happens in a terrorist attack affects many people in the world. The aftermath of an attack is what has the largest impact on people’s lives. However, terrorism does not have the same effect on everyone. The threat is not taken as seriously by some people. Some might think that it is an empty threat, but others might think it is a serious threat.