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Justin Basinger and William Hickey
September 25, 2001
The acts of terrorists on September 11, 2001, demolished two important American
buildings and executed thousands of innocent victims. This united Americans, both to
mourn the loss of lives and to fight back against international terrorism. However
unforgivable, this attack was not a senseless act of violence by sadistic zealots.
Apparently, the terrorists were not aware of the long-term consequences of their actions.
The brainwashed crusaders may not have even known the motivation for the attack but
were blindly following a twisted act of eccentric Muslims. In either case, serious short and
long-term reactions will ensue until ultimately, a peaceful resolution will result or the
world will be at war.
The causes of this atrocious terrorism are numerous and date back to biblical
history when freedom fighters were misguided by radical factions, such as the zealots who
fought Roman domination while Christ sought peace. In the present, one of the chief
causes is Americas gift of approximately three billion dollars to Israel each year. This
money and support is then used to help the Israeli Army fight an endless territorial war
against Palestine. The result is anti-US. demonstrations in Palestine and other Arab
countries. The arsenals used by Israelis to attack Palestine were obtained through
American aid. US technology has provided for easy international travel and contemporary
buildings and cities produce easy targets to kill innocent victims with one mighty blow.
Therefore, when people ask today what Americans did to deserve this, the answer would
be simple. America entwined itself into a war over hallowed ground. Hoping to be a
mediator, it did not realize that it is in no place to proctor such a violent bonanza.
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The reactions of Americans to the terrorism were what everyone expected. An
initial fear of certain doom was followed by remorse and grief for the loss of lives. Next
came the nationwide sacred oath of revenge, one that was shared by the President of the
United States. He vowed vengeance on the perpetrators of the attack. Among the
individual Americans, no consensus is available on what they feel needs to be done.
Extremists feel that the only way to rectify this situation is to sacrifice all Arab countries.
Others hope that there is no need for any more violence, as it can only escalate into even
more trouble for targeted countries. For instance, perhaps the solution will be found by
bringing Osama bin Ladin and his cult of kamikaze bandits to justice other then executing
millions of innocent Arabs with a bomb. The solution may not be in either of these two
extremes but somewhere in between. Only time may tell what the future holds for all of
A bold action such as this, upon two of Americas symbols of economy and
defense, can only be expected to create grave consequences. One could not possibly
expect to attack and kill this many innocent civilians without being reprimanded, especially
when these civilians are part of the most powerful economic and military systems in the
world. These consequences may become part of everyday life for Americans, as they may
be forced to forfeit everyday rights. For example, a young boy that wants to persue his
future in owning a small business my be denied that right due to a draft that is required by
the military. Soon, things such as international ID cards and frequent metal detector tests
could become commonplace. Many Americans may not want to accept these changes but
they may play a crucial role in curbing future terrorism. As for the people who committed
this terrorism, they will have to live in constant fear that they are being monitored or
searched for by many soldiers. Because of these worldwide changes, all future attempts at
terrorism will be extremely difficult to succeed. If these changes do not prevent further
attacks, more security will be implemented and more rights will have to be forfeited.
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In any case, after this calamity on September 11, 2001, the American Constitution
still holds strong, allowing Americans to maintain every right possible. Another objective
for America is to observe and sustain foreign rights and policies without alienating
religious beliefs or previously set governmental standards. The most important thing for all
US citizens to remember is that a country is only as strong as its citizens and so we must
all stick together to overcome hard times. In the end, America and its allies will prevail or
the world may not remain safe for anyone, in any country.