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President Bush's Response To September 11 And Islamic Radicalism

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On September 11, 2001, the United States witnessed its worst attack on U.S. soil since the bombings of Pearl Harbor in 1945. Members of the terrorist group Al Qaeda hijacked four aircraft and managed to crash two of them in to the Twin Towers in New York City. When the smoke cleared, there were 2,752 deaths. This day marked the beginning of a new type of war for the United States: the war on terror. These events left President George Bush with a complex and troublesome series of decisions to make. Afghanistan is the country harboring the terrorists who orchestrated their attack, yet Afghanistan did not commit the attacks. President Bush needed to make a decision and fast. Should the United States attack a country that harbors terrorism? For President Bush, the answer was as clear as day. In order to combat terrorism domestically and abroad, President Bush set the United States on a path of military as well as diplomatic efforts here and abroad to effectively combat terrorism. However, he chose a path with many intricacies and delicate matters with many unforeseen consequences.
According to online think tank Global Issues, “There was no question that there was going to be some sort of retaliation and response from the United States.” The citizens of the United States demanded a response; however, are they willing to sacrifice their rights for their safety. This urgency of retaliation placed President Bush between a tough place and a hard rock concerning the Middle East. Any type of intervention, whether it be diplomatic or military will be viewed by the Middle East as hostile and be reminiscient of early 20th century American and British imperialism. President Bush embarked on an ambitious and poorly justified course of action in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United States to combat terrorism domestically and abroad.
Before diving into the changes, it is necessary to understand why Osama bin Laden orchestrated such an elaborate attack on the United States. Osama bin Laden, although once an American ally, turned enemy against the United States for several reasons. First and foremost, Bin Laden condemns American support for Israel and the billions it received in aid. Moreover, the United States being a foreign democratic power has no right to enter the House of Islam as it did during the Persian Gulf War in 1991 with a military presence in Egypt. Politically and socially, the United States is the diametric opposite of bin Laden’s beliefs and goals. It is bin Laden’s goal to remove the United States out of the Middle East by crippling it domestically. However, President Bush is in no position to acquiesce his wishes. Terrorism has no role in the modern world and on September 20, 2001, President Bush made his intentions clear when he stated, “We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest…Either you are with us or you are against us...

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