September 11 is a tragic event and an unforgettable day to Americans. Nineteen
terrorists seized four commercial U.S jets and crashed them into American symbols of the
military and capitalism, and shook the entire nation. The attack did change Americans,
mostly for a short while, but it did make huge impacts in America.
The Mindset of Americans
Americans became closer, more spiritual, less materialistic, but only for a while. In spite of terror and grief, Americans with utmost hope and compassion helped the person in need. They prayed together and stood together. The attacks of September 11 have made some people feel insecure, particularly the ones who lost their loved ones. Appreciation, gratitude, and support to the fire fighters, the army, and to the people who protect the country have increased.[Ostroushko] Even the pop songs in TV stopped for few days. Patriotic albums were released, such as “The Rising” by Springsteen and “Freedom” by Paul McCartney. People who were obsessed with who is at the top of music charts and new releases got interested in news and the world around them. Also, the blood donation rapidly increased following the attacks, showing the feeling of sympathy felt by Americans.[Glynn] For the most part, it was an awakening for these people; September 11 showed that, for the first time in history, the American homeland is actually vulnerable to a deadly foreign enemy. Americans were so scared, that they seem to think that they saw mysterious images from the smoke of the falling twin towers such as a face of the devil.[Dolfman] As a result, Americans no longer take freedom for granted after September 11. Although these may seem like temporary changes, lasting changes did occur in the nation’s economy and security system.
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Airline industry is one of the fields that had lasting changes because of 9/11. Minutes after hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center, the government ordered over 1,000 airplanes that were in U.S airspace to land immediately. To prevent further incidents like 9/11, securities were tightened. Nowadays, many airports around the world use the controversial x-ray scans which see right through your clothes. Many people have complained about the scans, saying that it is an invasion of privacy and that people should have the right to refuse to be scanned. People also complain that it is not safe to be exposed to so much radiation at once, saying that those who fly often are in danger. Tight securities have caused many disputes; a YouTube video showing an 8-year-old shirtless boy being patted down at the Salt Lake City Airport has more than 750,000 hits, and the parents of the boy were infuriated.[Greene] Due to 9/11, people must wait in long lines to undergo uncomforting x-ray scans and tightened security.
A New Sense of Security
Airlines industry is not the only one with tightened security. Since 9/11, a new department was created, called the Homeland Security. The new department was aimed at tightening the national security and dealing with immigration affairs. Today, the department of Homeland Security became the third largest department in the United States government, and we see them at the airport, giving Americans some sense that America is on a war against terrorism.[Columbia Encyclopedia] The fact that President Bush created a whole new department shows how serious and determined America is in fighting against terrorism.
War on Terror
The American government took much more action than just creating a new department, but it declared war on terrorism. Bush ordered to invade Afghanistan in 2002 with about 100,000 soldiers in order to...