The Tragedy That Was 9/11

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An event that sent the United States into emotional and economical distress, the attacks on the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001 opened the eyes of Americans to the threat of terrorism. As the world watched, three planes were flown into each of the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. The unexpected attack stunned americans everywhere and sent them into a feeling of confusion and want for those responsible to be punished. After investigation, it was discovered that those responsible were members of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden (History). The terrorists did these horrific attacks on the twin towers and the pentagon out of hatred of America. The fact that the attacks were done for essentially no …show more content…

Along with bettering airport security, to calm to fear of the American public The Department of Homeland Security was made. Eleven days after the terrorist attacks the Government created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The department oversees and coordinates the governments strategy to guard the country against terrorists and respond to any attacks in the future (Homeland). The Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge was appointed the first Director of the Department of Homeland Security. Since the creation of the Department, America is much better equipped to handle the great deal of terrorist threats we face. Even with the creation of the DHS, it was clear that some sort of repercussions needed to be dealt to those responsible, which came when President George W. Bush declared a war on terror. Although the immediate effects of the attacks on September 11, 2001 made it a very traumatic event, the thing that makes it the most traumatic is the disastrous long term effects that resulted from it. On September 20, 2001 President George W. Bush addressed the nation on that matter as he told them the demands the had of al-Qaeda in order to avoid war. These demands included releasing all unfairly imprisoned Americans and the shutting down of all terrorist-linked organizations. If al-Qaeda did not act immediately than the United States would engage in a full out war on terror (Bush). They did not comply with the governments demands, so as promised,

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