On the fateful morning of September 11, 2001, few of us knew that the history of America, let alone our individual lives, was dramatically and permanently changing. As the day progressed, Americans, one by one, were dumbfounded at the events that had occurred. This is by no means the first terrorist attack in the history of the world. Nor will it be the last. Many cultures over time have been greatly wounded and even overcome by these fiendish terrorist attacks. Thankfully, the United States' history has not been heavily tarnished by these assaults - until now.
Since the days of the attack, many national and world leaders have come together to declare war on terrorism. A valiant effort has been made in order to defeat these evils. An immediate counter-response has been called for, and necessarily so. On September 20, 2001, in a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush spoke of a new war when he said, "Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida [the terrorist group founded in Afghanistan by Usama Bin Ladin in the late 1980s], but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated" (Bush Announces Start of a "War on Terror"). He expounded further, explaining that "...the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows" (Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People). Our way of life would most assuredly be preserved, were it only possible to realize these noble ideals of eliminating terrorism.
In the war against terrorism, it is, unfortunately, nearly impossible to beco...
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...oes the occurrence of retaliatory behaviors. The war against terrorism is a needed effort, however it is a war whose end is not yet in sight.
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