This article was written to provide lots of information about the war on terrorism that was launched in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It describes how national relations were hurt, human rights were violated and politics were changed forever. There were numerous military operations throughout the middle east, more integration of intelligence gathering agencies such as the NSA and FBI ,and the creation of the Department Homeland Security to combat terrorism. All of these were part of a new anti terrorism movement that quickly spread across the country and ultimately, across the world. Although the war on terror seemed to be a topic that would have a very large backing, there was a large amount of people who did not support anti terrorism as they believed that it led to more anti americanism in middle eastern countries, more dispersed terrorist groups that were harder to attack, and hindered national relations with countries of national interest. Clearly, terrorism led to a war that would theoretically have a very strong backing due to a strong feeling that spread across the United States as a result of 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks, but would end up being very controversial, as most wars tend to be. While terrorism was being combated, the international image of the United States was hurt since many, especially those in the middle east, viewed Americans as the enemy that was slaughtering their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons along with a considerable amount of women and children. The war on terror is still prevalent event in today’s society as terrorism is still a big problem 17 years later.
The author of this opinion article, Katherine Zimmerman, believes that America is currently losing the war on terror. She highlights how killing will not win the fight against terrorism. The United States has been tricked into a false sense of security and believes that it is slowly winning the war, but in reality, they have just been targeting a few terrorist groups instead of trying to understand a globalized ideology that cannot be confronted with more violence and deaths. As the United States stays in the middle east and continues to fight, they will continue to lose the war. The American presence pushes most middle easterners away from supporting the U.S. and towards the radical views of terrorist religion. Zimmerman does have a very convincing article with multiple examples to back her argument. She convinces the reader that war cannot fix the struggle of terrorism across the globe and the solution will require more than just attacking groups in the middle east.
The photograph shown depicts a soldier sitting in a bare warzone right outside of an area that is giving off enormous smoke clouds as it is being shelled. He is leaning against a mound of dirt without a weapon just watching the destruction. He seems neither worried nor phased in the slightest bit. The soldier seems to be fairly comfortable, indicating that he is used to attacks like these. War and violence has become the norm as he most likely has been stationed in the middle east for quite a while as the war has drawn on for 17 years. The clouds of smoke in the back of the picture demonstrate the drastic measures that are taken to combat terrorists and the darkness of violence that comes with war.
George Bush’s speech given shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was very powerful. He not only unified the country, but the whole world as he drew in their support for the War on Terror. He explained who is responsible for the attacks and then claimed that he would use the American military to retaliate and prevent further attacks from terrorists. Through his speech, he persuaded Americans to support war in the middle east as it was necessary to stop terrorist advances. It is evident that Bush’s speech calls together the world in an attempt to gain support to go attack the middle east. He evokes a feeling of patriotism, sorrow, resent, and necessity to win over the listener. He addressed the issue and provided a very predictable solution: going to war. His speech seems to be more of a call to get back at the middle east for what was done instead of ending terrorism as a whole across the globe.
In Alessandro Cedroni’s drawing of 9/11, there is a firefighter with his face buried in his hands in the very middle of the picture. It shows one of the twin towers falling as a plane is about to crash into the other in the background. On the sides, there is a man falling from a building and a building covered with an American flag. The drawing clearly illustrates the events that took place during the terrorist attack of 9/11. Through all of the drawings in the artwork, the artist portrays the events that occured on September 11th along with the emotions that are associated with it. The firefighter and the twin towers show the loss of life, destruction, and sadness that swept the nation. The man falling from the building sheds light upon those that had to end their own lives by jumping off the building because they were trapped and could not run to safety. Finally, the American flag shows that there is still a strong sense of national unity and pride.
Jerry Gordon’s interview with Deborah Weiss provides lots of insight on the experience of someone who was at the scene of the September 11th terrorist attacks (which was the main event that caused the United States to decide to combat terrorism). She recalls the sounds, feelings, and images of the attack. Weiss tells her interviewer about how she saw the whole thing from her apartment window and how she reacted during the event. From grabbing her cat to attempting to flee her apartment building that was within sight of the collapsing twin towers, she explains the complete state of chaos that the whole area was in. Weiss’ account shows the world what happened to just one of the victims during the 9/11 attack. It proves how fatal and troubling terrorism is along with the permanent scars that it creates. Her story can provide evidence that terrorism needs to be stopped as soon as possible so that nobody else has to suffer from it, giving reason to the War on Terror in the middle east.