9/11 Aspects Of American History

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Kristen Rinelli Ms. Meushaw Honors English 11-Pd.3 25 November 2013 Aspects of American History William Biggart, the photographer of the photo 9/11, depicts the tragic results of the terrorist attack done to several buildings including the twin towers located in New York City. The horrid destruction of the iconic building and the city is shown. 9/11 was the beginning of acts of terrorism done towards the United States. Al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group targeted three different locations, and destroyed several buildings causing the death of many innocent victims. The morning of September 11th, 2001 was a moment that would forever be remembered in American History. Waking up in New York City to a loud, alarming sound was the noise of…show more content…
The Middle Easterns’ Resentment of Americans is what led up to the act of terrorism. Frank explains, "America has sent large amounts of financial aid and military aid to many Middle Eastern countries for more than fifty years in an effort to keep those nations stable and loyal to the U.S….but…it has often created deep resentment among average Middle Eastern people. They see our actions as meddling in their own affairs and as keeping them from political freedom on their own terms" (Frank 63). The United States has always been involved in foreign affairs, and Middle Easterns have thought of the United States as an intrusive country only concerned with self-interest. The Middle Easterns’ resentment for the United States has lasted during a long period of time. Frank asserts, “The Middle East struggles with poverty and misery. But one thousand years ago...Muslims felt their greatness was a sign that Islam was superior to all other faiths, that Allah had rewarded them. The Christian nations of Europe, meanwhile, were living in a dark age… Today America… is the most powerful nation on Earth. Meanwhile, the heart of the old empire- the Middle East- is considered third-world, or underdeveloped" (Frank 61). Middle Easterns have built a great deal of resentment, disgust, and hate for the country that has always succeeded and developed into what it is today. To the Middle Eastern…show more content…
After the attack, U.S. troops were sent into Afghanistan. In response to the terrorist attack, President Bush declared, "We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plan, and confront the worst threats before they emerge. In the world we have entered, the only path to safety is the path of action. And this Nation will act. We will lift this dark threat from our country and the world" (“Meeting the Challenge”). Americans wanted to make a point; they wanted to prove that no act of terrorism which would not suffer consequences would be done. The war had a purpose to maintain the safety of Americans, and to end any fear that another violent and malicious act would ever be pursued again. The U.S.A. Patriot Act was created to prevent any future acts of terrorism against the United States. As stated, the Patriot Act was “U.S. legislation, passed by Congress in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush in October 2001, that significantly expanded the search and surveillance powers of federal law-enforcement and intelligence agencies” (“USA PATRIOT Act”). The Patriot Act was created in hopes that any future terrorist activity would be detected in time to prevent a catastrophe. In addition to the war being started and Patriot Act being created, the United States’ new arrangement of agencies aiming to avert terrorist

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