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September 11 Essay

1905 words - 8 pages

Jessica Ramirez
History 1501
May 20, 2013
Deadliest Day in History
September 11, 2001; this is a day Americans will never forget. On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked by terrorists. Two of the passenger planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centers in New York City which caused tremendous fires that led to the collapse of the towers. One plane crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. The last plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania; it is believed that the hijackers had planned to also crash this plane into a building, but failed thanks to the actions of the plane’s passengers. Many Americans and people all over the world witnessed these ...view middle of the document...

Most were sailors or soldiers and about forty-eight were civilians that perished on the assault. On the September 11 attacks, for the most part, casualties were directed to civilians, people going about their everyday life. This is why the September 11 attacks were more horrific than the Pearl Harbor assault in 1941.
A noticeable difference among the two events was that on the Pearl Harbor assault, Americans knew who the enemy was, the Japanese Empire. On the other hand, on the September 11 attacks, Americans did not know who the enemy was or; what their intentions were. Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement agencies identified the nineteen air passengers that they believed were responsible for the attacks. The terrorists were all men from the Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon.
Their suspicions quickly led to an organization called al-Qaeda (the base), a terrorist network led by Osama bin Laden, a Saudi Arabian exile who lived in Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda has no navy, no organized army, and no air force. This did not prevent the terrorists to attack on September 11, 2001. Americans and foreign observers condemned the actions as horrible and unjustified, but the difficult question was why these individuals did something so horrible at the cost of their own lives.
The evidence gathered led all to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al-Qaeda. They are same murderers that had once bombed the American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and also responsible for bombing the USS Cole ship on October 12, 2000.
Al- Qaeda’s goal is not making money, but remaking the world. Al- Qaeda wants to impose its beliefs on people all over the world. These terrorists practice a form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the majority of Muslim clerics, a fringe movement that perverts the teachings of Islam. The terrorists’ directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews. Their duty is to kill all Americans and make no distinction among military and civilians, including children and women.
Their leader was Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden was linked to many organizations in different countries including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Some of the motives for the attacks were Iraq sanctions, American troops in Saudi Arabia occupying lands of Islam, plundering its riches and dictating to its rulers.
There are thousands of these terrorists in more than sixty countries. They are recruited from their own nations and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained for actions of terror. Then they are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction. Afghanistan people have been brutalized, many are starving. Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be sent to jail for owning a...

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