The War on Terror

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The attacks of 9/11 have reshaped and changed the way how Americans live today, forever. Never before such shock and terror has been felt by anyone on the American soil. On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorist extremists hijacked four commercial planes, the planes deviated from their original routes. Two of the planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, one of the planes crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane crashed en route to either the White House or the Capitol. Nearly 3000 civilian lives were lost that day. Even though the nineteen hijackers were quickly identified through their flight information, no group has came forward to officially claim the responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. The United States government suspected that Al Quaida along with Osama Bin Laden were the masterminds behind the attacks It wasn’t until 2004, that Osama Bin Laden has formally claimed his responsibility for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America. “Admitting for the first time that he ordered the Sept. 11 attacks, Bin Laden said he did so because of injustices against the Lebanese and Palestinians by Israel and the United States”. (Beier, McCaleb and Persky) Along with his disapproval of the United States’ relationship with Israel, Osama Bin Laden has loudly expressed his disapproval of American and Saudi Arabian relationship as well. While a massive cleanup went underway at Ground Zero, the U.S. government had to figure out quickly what steps it needed to take in order to ensure the safety of the American soil and its’ citizens. On September 14,2001 President George W. Bush visited the rubble of what once were the Twin Towers in New York and delivered h... ... middle of paper ... .... 2001. Web. 27 July 2011. Toner, Robin , and Neil A. Lewis. "A NATION CHALLENGED: CONGRESS; House Passes Terrorism Bill Much Like Senate's, but With 5-Year Limit." New York Times 13 Oct. 2001, Print. Simon, Richard , and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. "Senate approves arming airline pilots." Sun Sentinel 06 Sep. 2002, Print Wilson, Scot, and Al Kamen . "'Global War On Terror' Is Given New Name." Washington Post 25 March 2009, Print Shane , Scott, Mark Mazzetti, and Helene Cooper. "Obama Reverses Key Bush Security Policies ." New York Times 22 Jan. 2009, Print. Mockaitis, Tom. "Terrorism has no religion." Chicago Tribune 28 July, 2011, Print. Brown , John S. . "The United States Army in Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Freedom ." U.S. Army Center of History . N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jul 2011 O'Neall, Ann. "The 9/11 generation's bogeyman is gone ." CNN 05 May 2011, Print

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