Acts of Terrorism and Social Change in the United States Essay

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On 10 September, 2001 the citizens of the United States went about their day-to-day activities without any thoughts of a terrorist attack occurring. Americans who were lulled into this mindset by the false pretenses of security and the history that America has never had a multifaceted terroristic attack occur on her soil. However, on the morning of September 11, 2001 this attitude would be ceaselessly changed and change the life of all Americans. The United States has become known as the melting pot of culture due to the diversity of citizens; consequently, this has also led terroristic events committed by individuals and factions to share their ideologies and attempt to bring about social change. This social change may influence an…show more content…
In the past 20 years the United States along with the world have entered a period referred to as “New Terrorism” (Kurtulus, 2011). This new type of terrorism is generally indiscriminate, networked, based off religious ideologies, and committed by individuals and factions with little to no organizational structure (Kurtulus, 2011). The problem with the individuals who commit this new type of terrorism is that they are generally indiscriminate and do not necessarily have a selected target. The victims of these attacks are generally thrown into disarray with little to no explanation on why they occurred.
International terrorism or terrorism that occurs outside the United States, but in turn affects the U.S. also has a dynamic effect on the occurrence of social change. The Heritage Foundation’s 2011 study also found an occurrence of 380 international terroristic attacks in between 2001-2009 (Muhlhausen & McNeil, 2011). The 2011 study also showed that the general targets of international attacks were aimed toward business and diplomatic offices (Muhlhausen & McNeil, 2011). Some of these international attacks have led to military actions known as War on Terror and encompassing Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. The events of September 11, 2001 sparked a wave of social change that will forever have an impact on America and her citizens.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 with

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