War on Terror Essay - Modern History Perspectives Assignment

Topics: Al-Qaeda, George W. Bush, September 11 attacks Pages: 4 (1540 words) Published: November 30, 2013


Q: “What are the perceived causes of 9/11 and was this justification for the War on Terror?”Q: “What are the perceived causes of 9/11 and was this justification for the War on Terror?” The terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001 and the interventional events of the ‘War on Terror’ that followed are among the most controversial in U.S. political and moral history. An abyss of opinions involving the U.S. government, American public, responsible terrorists, historians, human rights activists and notable heads of intelligence agencies and the criminal justice system amalgamate to create a labyrinth of varied perspectives towards both the presumed causes of 9/11 and whether the U.S. government’s War on Terror intervention was justified. Commonly referred to as 9/11, the events of 11th September 2001 consist of four organised terrorist attacks coordinated by al-Qaeda1 against the United States of America. Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger airliners2, two of which were crashed into the World Trade Center complex3, the third was flown into the Pentagon4 and the fourth plane was targeted at the United States Capitol building, but crashed into a field after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. Osama bin Laden’s 2004 announcement5 expressed (on behalf of al-Qaeda) the responsible terrorist group’s perspective towards the cause of the 9/11 attacks6, as well as the reasoning behind their motives. Bin Laden stated his people are free men who cannot merely allow the injustices7 they believe were placed upon them by the United States to continue, as well as the ‘violations’ to their security. Bruce Lawrence, a US professor of religion, believes that Bin Laden’s objective was to ‘isolate the Bush administration, and beyond it the American political establishment as a whole, from American popular feeling- as well as European opinion.’8 In other words, Bin Laden also saw 9/11 as an opportunity to turn US citizens (and citizens of other...

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Figure 1: http://www.cleancutmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/911-Sept-11-2001-World-Trade-Center.gif
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Figure 3: http://www.republicanassemblies.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Osama_Bin_Laden.jpg
Figure 4: http://media.novinky.cz/692/196922-original1-1x6yb.jpg
Figure 5: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/09/11/article-0-0DD05CA600000578-284_964x560.jpg
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