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The Effects of 9/11
On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked by Al-Qaida. Two were flown into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and another crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. These attacks left a huge impact on our nation. They affected our economy, the way we live, our security, and even the way our country views Muslims.
The September 11th attacks greatly affected our economy and its impact can still be felt today. First of all, after the attacks, the stock market closed down, and stocks across the board dropped greatly. It took many months for the stock market to recover. Second of all, the economy was affected by the hit the airline industry took. During the attacks, all commercial airplanes were grounded for two days, with various restrictions lasting for a week more, resulting in the airlines losing hundreds of millions of dollars. Many airline tickets had to be refunded. Then there was the ?War on Terror.? After the terrorist attacks, President Bush invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. Current costs of both wars are estimated at over four trillion dollars.
The September 11th attacks not only affected our economy, but they way we live as Americans. Many lives have been lost. 2,973 innocent people were killed in the initial attacks, and nearly 5,700 American troops have died in both wars. Some estimates claim more than 1.3 million Iraqis have died as well. Another way our lives have been affected is through heightened security. Because of the terrorist attacks, airport security has become much stricter. In airports, cars are checked for bombs, shoes and clothes are searched, and liquids over 3 ounces are not allowed on planes. Also, Security in federal buildings has become tighter since September 11th . After the terrorist attacks, the Patriot Act was passed by Congress. This act allowed federal authorities to monitor bank accounts, phone calls, emails, Internet traffic, and library card
accounts. Furthermore, this allowed the government to enter a suspicious person?s home without their knowledge. All of this was done in the name of national security.
The country?s response to 9/11 was at first, to rescue any survivors of the attack. It later became clear that there were no survivors. Another response of the attack was the ?War on Terror.? Many Americans had the view that the ?world had changed forever? after the 9/11 attacks. And in a since it had. George Bush launched the War on Terrorism. Its goals were to bring Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida to justice. A response to the attack was the annihilation of terrorists as well as the arrest of many alleged terrorists. Many were sent to Guantanamo Bay without trial. Prejudice against Muslims by many Americans has developed arisen since 9/11. One recent headline grabbing result of this prejudice is the controversy of a Muslim cultural center and mosque being built two blocks away from ?ground zero.?
I interviewed my neighbor, Paula Stitz, about where she was during the September 11th attacks. She said the following: ?I was just coming in the door of my apartment, and Jim, my significant other, had just flown in from Canada. We had decided to take my dog, Barney, out for a walk around the city. If was a beautiful day. There wasn?t a cloud in the sky. After we got back, the phone was ringing. I answered it and it was my sister. She had asked me if I had heard from my son, Greg. At the time, he worked at the Pentagon. My sister told me to ?Turn on the TV! Turn on the TV!? I turned on the TV, and the newscasters were just in the middle of explaining that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I asked my sister ?What does that have to do with Greg?? Just then, the TV flashed on about how the Pentagon had been hit by another hijacked airplane. I was scared to death. I was more concerned about the Pentagon than I was about the towers. Two hours later, I got a call from Greg. He wasn?t in his office at the time, thank God.?
I do not believe that we should ?celebrate? 9/11, but instead mourn all the innocent people killed and those who gave their lives to rescue others. Each year Americans remember the events of 9/11 and mourn the country?s loss. A 9/11
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