Societies will always have problems that cause some sort of reaction from individuals who believe that their social stability is being endangered. There have been a number of moral panics which have captivated society in terror and more often than not, owing to unfamiliarity. This essay will discuss the perception of a moral panic and will look at the case of the September 11th Terrorist attack against the United States of America, which triggered a colossal conflict of morality within modern day society. This essay will also analyse terrorism as a perceived deviance, the role of the moral entrepreneur and folk devil, in order to develop a level of understanding to the causes of this particular moral panic and its effects on society. A moral panic can be defined as a phenomenon, frequently initiated by disquieting media and reinforced by responsive laws and public policies, of embellished public concern, angst or anger over a perceived danger to societal order (Krinsky, 2013).
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The image of America to the other nations is becoming distorted and untrue. Our media and our administration’s personal agenda are affecting the people of the United States drastically in their ability to feel safe in their own country. However, there is always a light at any dark hall. The United States need to take drastic steps in turning this awful image of America into a good one, before we end up having a war on our own grounds. The authors, Mark Hertsgaard, Joel Andreas and Michael Medved, all seem to agree that America is becoming increasingly a negative “symbol” in the world today.
The radical groups believe that Western cultures are polluting Muslim cultures and pose a threat to their beliefs. Terrorist group have been more agitated with Western views, mainly because of the wars in Iraq and the involvement in Israeli and Pakistan (Swanson, Chamelin, Territo, & Taylor,
Many questions were brought to the attention of the public eye, such as why the September 11 attacks weren’t diffused prior to the deaths of innocent Americans. Questions of this nature became centered around Al-Qaeda’s insurgence living in and abroad the United State, as the main culprit in the 9/11 attacks. These attacks on U.S. soil revealed a direct correlation to the failure to report issues, and the U.S. unwillingness to address problems before they escalated. This tragic event brought up many pubic, political, and international concerns to strengthen security in and around our nation in order to prevent future terror groups from causing death and destruction once again. The main emphasis was to “wage war on terror”, a slogan George Bush Jr. incorporated in his quest to eliminate terrorism all across the world.
IPS, Jim Lobe notes, “Al Qaeda appears to have largely succeeded in its hopes of accelerating the decline of U.S. global power, if not bringing it to the brink of collapse” (Shah) Many think that if you try to compromise, terrorists will go away. However, there is no compromise with terrorists. Terrorists do anything in their power to destroy others, and there’s no trusting them without risks. One of the worst ways to weaken an economy is a terrorist attack. The terrorist attack could lead to anxiety in cities around America and the shutting down of American borders out of that fear, which could lead to the prevention of internal trade (Walker).
(Personal Example) On the morning of September 11th 2011 a normal U.S c... ... middle of paper ... ...o turn to these terrorists groups and even volunteer to strike out against the west to teach them a lesson for their biased opinions. Many reasons provoke people into doing misdeeds, the ones listed above are but of few of many that cause Islamists to snap. From 9/11 to Benghazi, from Islamic Fundamentalism to even everyday stereotypes; all of these have logical reasoning for the attack, and the damage it brings with. Islamists currently feel misplaced in the world, under attack from the west wanting more and more of their resources. America is doing nothing to help these people and instead make them feel oppressed in their own countries and even their own homes.
After 9/11 to many Americans the word Jihad was unclear to to them because of distortion from the media. This became related to terrorism because the terrorist groups used it as justification. So it was a combination of unknowing and media distortion which made the word Jihad related to terrorism. In conclusion the meaning of the word Jihad has definitely changed tremendously since the 9/11 attacks. The word once meaning something purely religious and a holy duty to the followers of Islam, is now met with disdain and negative emotions and media world over.
By going to war, is America doing a good thing or is it showing signs of being terrorists and threat to other countries? In "The Oblivious Empire" by Mark Hertsgaard demonstrates how arrogance has shown through Americans and Presidents actions in American foreign policy have reflected irritation and anger in foreigners causing attacks on America. Joel Andreas also criticizes America's President's standing on war through a comic strip "The War on Terrorism" illustrating how war began after the attack of the World Trade Center. Hertsgaard and Andreas both criticized President George W. Bush extremely on his views on war. President George W. Bush "Addresses the Nation on the 19th March 2003" clearly stating his reasons for war is to help Iraq and nothing more.
Terror attacks have created fear among the citizens in America who are always suspicious due to the threats issued every day by other states like the Middle East and Iraq. Terrorism in America associated with the Palestinian terrorist activities in 1970s but dated back in the start of the cold war. The Middle East terrorist action hit the United States since 1980 due to the emergence of two terrorist groups namely; Hezbollah and Hamas and the introduction of suicide bombers which was a big threat to America. There have been a lot of concerns in America due to the issues given by the Midd... ... middle of paper ... ...onmental policies (Drsteve). Works Cited America’s Purpose.