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Every day millions of people put their trust in those around them. When the passengers boarded the flights on September 11th, 2001, they put their trust in the planes, the pilots, and the other passengers. On this devastating day about 3,000 people lost their lives. One of America’s only terrorist attacks on US soil, the attacks on 9/11 affected the United States by killing many people in Manhattan and Washington D.C., sending its economy into deficit, and sparking a war in Afghanistan. On September 11, 2001, the terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes. They intended to use these planes as a bomb to destroy what they considered to be key US targets. There were nineteen men who carried out hijacks. The terrorists, organized by Osama bin Laden, pretended to be passengers on a plane. The plan called for the men to hijack the airplanes, once they gained control of the planes, the hijackers would crash the plane into the key targets they had selected. The first plane, American Airlines flight 11, struck the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:44 am September 11, 2001. (Wachtel 10)When many people first heard the news of the crash, they thought it was just an accident. Little did they realize that the hijackers intentionally crashed the plane. The north tower was one of two Twin Towers of the World Trade Center overlooked lower Manhattan. The smoke rising from the crash was incredibly thick so the people trapped above the impact point jumped to their deaths instead of facing suffocation. Inside the first plane, AA flight 11, a terrorist stabbed a passenger who was believed to have attempted to thwart the hijacking.(Wachtel 10) The terrorist claimed that they had a bomb and mace to prevent the passengers from revoltin... ... middle of paper ... ...nda. “What happened to America [on 9/11] is something natural, an expected event for a country that uses terror, arrogant policy, and suppression against the nations and the peoples ... America is the head of heresy in our modern world, and it leads an infidel democratic regime that is based upon separation of religion and state and on ruling the people by ... laws that contradict the way of Allah.... [Therefore], we have the right to kill 4 million Americans – 2 million of them children – and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons ...” The War on Terror is a way to fight fear and repression that creates enemies and promotes violence instead of strengthening security. The worldwide campaign has become an excuse for governments to disregard civil liberties.
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