Regarding nine eleven, president George W. Bush knows he must make a stance against the terrorists. He clearly states that the United States condemns the Taliban regime, yet he also illustrates all the necessities that the Taliban needs to act upon or else war will occur. He demands three things; release all foreign nationals including american citizens they were holding hostage, give the United States full control of all terrorists training camps to make sure they are no longer operating, and hand over ever terrorist to appropriate authority. With these instructions he affirms that they must act immediately or else they will meet their fate (AKA declare war). Additionally, he presents the idea that terrorists and any country who allows and supports terrorism is the enemy, not the United States. Bush’s way of presenting the situation was very strong to me. His tone was very serious and very precise keeping the audience's attention. With that, the content that he was explaining was very appropriate. The demanding approach he took was logical. While he knew that the terrorists would not follow the demands, he made the right choice to act efficiently. He understands that war is to come, but he may as well ask for all that he wants from the terrorists before they begin war.
This is a podcast that contains three different interviews, and the host ask questions. The first interview is with John Muller, who specializes in the study of terrorism. Muller explains, 72% of people have said that after 9-11 they are expecting another attack, and this is because of; one, how traumatizing the first attack was, two, the fact that people are constantly being reminded of the incident, and three, it is related to a spooky enemy across seas that people are scared of, and they’re somewhat camouflage between us. Muller also states that the terrorism does not just die off. People’s thoughts and fears continue to grow and expand until something or someone help the situation, but it is hard to change everyone’s fears and opinions. After Muller’s opinions are shared, Andrew Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, shares his ideas on the war of terrorism. His opinions begin with his idea that the global war on terrorism is misleading and inappropriate. He believes that the “war on terrorism” is more like “America’s war for the greater middle east” because he believes that the turning point into this war was 1998 because he believes that this was when the United States redefined their priorities. With that, he believes that the reasoning for the attack on nine-eleven was because of our lack of worry for the Afghanistan's. Lastly, Peter Mansure, professor of military history at Ohio State, is the last speaker. He is a retired US army colonel who served in Europe, United States, and the middle east, including a brigade commander in Iraq. His beliefs include that the United states invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not valid, but it was none the less than to keep pressure on the terrorist groups. The authority that these three important people have make their opinions very interesting. These professional people's jobs are to study these large, dangerous situations and evaluate them. While I don’t side with all of them, the ideas that they have makes me rethink my opinion. Muller’s opinion matches mine more than anyone else's. His beliefs include that the government needs to protect the homes of the terrorists, and help the kids who are being born into the lifestyle of a terrorists. Those kids will grow up to think that the way of terrorism is correct and moral, but they are just innocent kids being told what to believe.
This photo essay shows the intensity of the terrorism. There are seventeen photos that express the devastating and unprepared reactions of the innocent civilians. Peter Bergen, the photographer, captured the terrorists in action, while also capturing the after effects. Some pictures show the people in the air after being hit by the unexpected car, while others show the injured curled in a ball on the side of the road. The fire, police, and family swarm around the gurneys filled with people injured by the plowing car. The amount of people in every picture is amazing. It illustrates the amount of people this terrorist wanted to hurt. MIllions of people in one place creates an area for the terrorists to attract to. These pictures make me emotionally unstable. It is surreal to me that people would come to a large event, target a large group of people, and obtain a goal of killing as many people as possible. The main picture that catches my eye is the first picture. There are people flying through the air after the contact with the car. That picture makes me want to help. I want the country to end this terrorism. It is unacceptable to attack innocent people. Terrorists have a way with blending in until they want to be seen. The picture of the car plowing through the crowd could have easily looked like some man drive on a road, until he burrowed through a set of people. A normal civilian turns to a terrorists in less than a minute.
This is an article written by multiple families who describe what they have been through involving terrorism. Diane and John Foley, Marsha and Carl Mueller, Shirley and Arthur Sotloff, and Paula and Ed Kassig are all parents of children who were taken one by one by the “hateful criminals of the Islamic state”. Their children were captured, tortured, and eventually killed in Syria. To make the situation worse, the kids were there, in Syria, out of the good in their hearts. Two of them were their to expose the suffering of the country, while the other two, were there because they are passionate about journalism. This article is mainly about the family’s want for revenge. They want the “hateful criminals” to spend the rest of their lives in prison. They understand that the death penalty would be too easy for the criminals. They want the Islamic offenders to suffer like their kids did. I personally do not know what it would be like to loose my own child, but I do have a little sister that I would do anything for. If she were to be captured or killed my a terrorist I know I would do anything to get revenge on that terrorist. Therefore, I understand the passion and desire to do anything for someone you love. You want the pain you feel to put back on the person who deserves it. These parents opinions are very strong. They have passionate, intense tones that really put the reader in their shoes.
Matea Gold and Maggie Farley write about the nation-changing incident that happened on September eleventh of two thousand and one. This day, four planes were hijacked by terrorists and three of them crashed into large and important buildings of the United States. Two of the planes went straight into the twin towers, while the last one crushed one of the pentagon's sides. The fourth plane was most likely headed toward either the presidential retreat or the capital, but fortunately, it crashed in Pennsylvania from low fuel levels. The twin towers eventually collapsed spreading debris and sadness through the city. Firefighters, police, and the people around the towers were killed in this incident. There was a total of around three thousand people killed during nine-eleven, not to mention the thousands injured as well. Innocent people who had no way to even try to escape, died. In my opinion, it is absolutely insane that someone thinks that killing innocent people is okay to do. Hijacking a plane with people who just wanna get home, or just wanna go on vacation, is not easy. These men took guns onto a plane which, honestly, makes me question the airport securities. Additionally, This whole devastation has affected the country indefinitely. Families are still affected by it today. Families still question that day and wonder about the “what ifs”. Asking themselves what they could have done or how they could have helped.
This Ted talk is about a man who grew up in a home of a terrorist. His father was El-Sayyid Nosair who took part in planning the World Trade Center bombing. The speaker Zak Ebrahim talks about the struggles he went through as he grew up. His life consisted of going to the shooting range for target practice with his father and his friends. He talks about his shot was incredible and his dad would say things like “like father like son” and he never really knew why his dad’s friends would laugh at that, until now. He understands that his father’s friends saw the same danger and aggressiveness that his father was capable of in him. They thought his personality mirrored his father and Zak now understands the danger of his own father and the possibilities of being like his father. Then, Zak continues to explain how he became the man he is now. He went to a camp that changed his views on who could be his friends and widened his eyes on the world itself. Zak Ebrahim is incredible to me. He had a life very hard to go through. He went to target practices, he was taught to judge people based on race or religion which limited himself to who he talked to, and, not to mention, his own father put fifteen hundred pounds of explosives into a sub-level parking lot of the World Trade Center’s north tower. With all the signs leading Zak to the wrong path, He went into the real world looking for the best path to take. He made friends of all religion. He put the “golden rule” to great use; treat others the way you want to be treated. He didn’t let himself judge. He overlooked the things he had been taught by his terrorist father, and made friends and relationships that he thought was against the rules, or against his father. I believe that Zak’s story is what the government needs to start to do. Not all kids who grow up in a terrorist’s home will find the good path like Zak did. Government needs to in some way save the kids who are being taught wrong. They don’t know what’s right from wrong, especially when their parents are telling them that the life of a terrorist is the right path.