9 December 2013
9/11 the True Story
America for the last 13 years have not felt the same way of Middle Eastern americans the way they should after the attack on the twin towers. In the novel The Reluctant Fundementalist by Mohsin Hamid the story talks about Changez. A man that is struggling to find his identity when living in a country that cannot love him back. While in the some of the sources such as “Did September 11 change everything by Marshall Cavendish” talks about how Middle Eastern americans feel while they cannot fit in into social America while being terrorized by everyday people. Most American feel that Arabs are the ones that took part in the attack while they don’t know the whole story behind it they don’t want to feel like they are being victimized.
In the Reluctant Fundamentalist one quote that he mentions is “It seems an obvious thing to say, but you should not imagine that we Pakistanis are all potential terrorists, just as we should not imagine that you Americans are all undercover assassins”(71). What Hamid means by that is americans will assume that all Pakistanis are terrorists and make them a viable target for prosecution. While in “Did September 11 change everything” one quote in there that fits well is “The state Department had received Reports that terrorist attacks would attack American citizens during millennium festivities”. This quote tells us that not only was this a planned attack but it was made for thousands of people to get killed in the incident.
In both of the quotes there is a claim that americans just do not trust people from middle eastern countries for that reason. And it makes it harder for people to keep the attack from erasing in their memory. Another quote that Hamid mentioned is “Time only moves in one direction. Remember that. Things always change”(90). What Hamid means is that Americans need to move on from this situation and move forward for the pleasure of the middle easterns. And also Americans don’t understand that Pakistani’s have feelings to and are not always the prime victim in situations like this. In the article it quotes that “September 11 Rekindled The Racial Profiling Debate”. What this means is that the racial profiling makes people wonder is there aver going to be a chance that Americans will ever feel safe living in this country knowing that an attack can happen at any time and any place. People can’t take any chances on making any situations harder than they really are. In 12 years Americans have managed to turn their backs on Middle Eastern’s for the last 12 years. And they don’t know if it will ever change at any point time soon. Another quote that Hamid mentioned was “It is remarkable indeed how we human beings are capable of delighting in the mating call of a flower while we are surrounded by the charred carcasses of our fellow animals.” What hamid means is that it everybody is same from the inside and and they all can’t be judged from something that they didn’t do, and are accused of. Also it dosent mean that they cant resolve their differences but make a change on their behavior. In the article another quote would be “ It was one of the single worst acts of terrorism in the worlds history”. This quote is what makes all of the Americans so hard to believe that they can change from the start. And have a calm and once settled life again.
In another article called America’s Quest For Global dominance written by Samantha Power and published by (NewYorkTimes). It talks about how many americans predicted that there would be a catastrophic event would happen as soon as the year 2000 started. Power states that “they hate us who we are”. In america everybody is treated with equality and has a chance to live the american dream. But what does that mean when the only person that the only person that will talk to you are your close friends. Americans now and days don’t have the power that they used to have...
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