For this source, Deborah Weiss speaks with The New English Review about her experience on 9/11 and her anger towards terror groups in the current day. She goes on to talk about how much the attacks derailed her life and the lives of everyone in New York, saying that she was homeless for two months after and went without a job for almost a year. She describes the scene a few weeks after the attacks, saying “The whole area was silent. It was a ghost town. The few people on the streets wore masks and had tears in their eyes. It didn’t look like America. It was very eerie.” The war on terrorism continues to grow more intense everyday as tensions in the Middle-East rise. The more recent ISIS beheading videos and threats to America are making the situation even worse, putting the president in a predicament and horrifying the entire nation. I know that our government has everything somewhat under control, but knowing that there could be an attack on American soil at any second still scares me. “A Survivor of 9/11 Speaks: An Interview with Deborah Weiss, Esq.” New English Review, www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/167461/sec_id/167461.
In this TED Talk, Benedetta’s focus was addressing the ways that terrorist groups such as ISIS stay in power. Benedetta starts off by expressing her belief that we need to know what makes these organizations tick. We know a lot about how they fight, why they fight, but no one looks at what they're doing when they're not fighting. Yet, armed struggle and unarmed politics are related. It is all part of the same organization. We cannot understand these groups, let alone defeat them, if we don't have the full picture. It is really sad to me that even with the incredible power that the United States holds, we still cannot stop these groups. It seems like they are unstoppable, despite countless American attempts to hold them down. I don’t know what can be done to stop them, seeing as the US is obviously putting forth its best effort to take down these groups, but I really hope that there will be a solution in the near future. Berti, Benedetta. “The surprising way groups like ISIS stay in power.” TED: Ideas worth spreading, www.ted.com/talks/benedetta_berti_the_surprising_way_groups_like_isis_stay_in_power?referrer=playlist-insights_on_terrorism.
In this speech, Jeremy Corbyn addresses foreign policy and terrorism to the nation. In his speech, Corbyn states “The very act of thousands of people coming together sent a powerful message of solidarity and love. It was a profound human impulse to stand together, caring and strong. It was inspiring.” This quote reminds me of the way that our nation stood together after the 9/11 attacks and came back stronger than ever. The terrorists who attacked the United States were attempting to break apart our nation and make it weaker than before. In reality, all they did was bring everyone closer together and made us ready to defend ourselves. “Jeremy Corbyn speech on terrorism and foreign policy: full text.” New Statesman, www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2017/05/jeremy-corbyn-speech-terrorism-and-foreign-policy-full-text.
This photo was paired with an opinion article about the recent Las Vegas mass shooting. The photo shows several flag poles with the American flag lowered to half mast in honor of the victims. Flying a flag at half mast is often done to show respect and support for a recently lost life. In this scenario, the entire nation flew their flags at half mast to pay respect to the lives lost to the Vegas shooter. This photo effectively showed me how strong our nation is together and that nothing can break the US apart. Even after multiple mass shootings and terror attacks, we stay strong together and remain the world's greatest superpower. Israel, Steve. “Nothing Will Change After the Las Vegas Shooting.” The New York Times, The New York Times. 2 Oct. 2017, http://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/10/03/opinion/03israelWeb/03israelWeb-jumbo.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp
The author of this article expresses his concerns about gun safety in the United States. He believes that Congress is not doing its part to prevent mass shootings around the nation and that nothing will change anytime soon. He goes on to talk about his failed attempts to bring this issue to Congress’ attention and help bring peace to the US. This article really helped me realize the danger that our nation will soon be in if our government does not take the necessary steps to prevent it. Like the author of this article said, nothing will change from a “my condolences” tweet from a congressman and a moment of silence on the news. We need to make changes in our legal system and make it much more difficult to obtain semi-automatic or fully automatic weapons. Currently, the United States has the highest rate of gun ownership of any nation in the world. I believe this is due to our very poor gun laws and the fact that you only need half of a background check to obtain a gun. Israel, Steve. “Nothing Will Change After the Las Vegas Shooting.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 2 Oct. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/opinion/gun-control-vegas-shooting.html.
This article is written from the point of view of a 9/11 witness. Gary Welz watched the aftermath of the September 11th attacks from the roof of his nearby apartment. He describes seeing two-inch wide splatter of blood and human body parts on the balconies of his building and smoke pouring from the gaping holes in the buildings. Welz goes on to tell the story of his journey of evacuating NYC and going to New Jersey, having no idea where to go or what to do. This article showed me a lot about 9/11 that I did not know before. Hearing about blood drops and human limbs on the roofs of buildings gave me a new perspective on the war on terrorism. The terror spread much farther and lasted much longer than the terrorists could have ever imagined, devastating an entire nation for months. Vanadia, David. “Vanadia.” 9/11 Stories from September 11th WTC Survivors World Trade Center NYC, www.vanadia.com/nycstories/911stories/gary_welz/.