World Literature Period 2
7 March 2011
The War in Afghanistan
On September 11th, 2001, three hijacked airplanes set out on a mission. This mission was to attack the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Their plan succeeded along with giving the United States a feeling of vulnerability that it hadn’t had since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Not only did America know the enemy that launched the attack, they also knew that country that they were hiding in, and the government that had given them refuge. Knowing these three things, the United States invaded Afghanistan with the intent to destroy al-Qadea. Throughout this war, not only has America not found the leader of the al-Qadea terrorist group, Osama bin Laden, but has also been hemorrhaging money during a time of economic distress and lost soldiers who are protecting this country’s freedom over in Afghanistan.
In 2001, when defeating al-Qadea was the only thing on the United States’s mind, we overestimated the ease of destroying al-Qadea and overthrowing the taliban government. In 2004, Osama bin Laden came forth about being the leader behind the attacks on the World Trade Center. Fearful of the next attack, as soon as Osama bin Laden took credit for the attacks, the United States government placed a $25 million reward on whoever could capture of kill Osama. Realizing that three years had passed since the initial offer, the United States government doubled the reward to $50 million for Osama’s capture along with a two-million dollar reward from the Airline Pilot Association. Contrary to popular belief, Osama bin Laden is not the only living leader of the al-Qaeda group today. The other leader is Ayman al-Zawahiri who is currently living in isolation for being a member of al-Qadea. The United States had discovered that al-Zawahiri was the commander for operations and strategies and that Osama was just the ‘face’ of al-Qaeda....