September 11th Essay

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September 11, 2001---a date that will no doubt live on in the minds of people for years to come. A chapter in history books, a paragraph, a footnote? We can't tell. Surely many things larger than the attack itself can, and to some extent have (at the time of this paper) already occurred. Will it cause a war, a draft? Will people protest, presidents deceive the blood of innocent people spill? Will governments be dissolved? Will lives be shattered again and again? It is uncertain; the future cannot be predicted, but surely a reason in the past exists.To explain the "attack" on September 11th as merely an act of evil people who sit around thinking of new evil plans to destroy innocent lives and cause chaos would certainly be an uneducated and ignorant claim. Adversely it would be wrong to say that the mass destruction and loss of life was deserved, necessary or just. To understand that a reason existed at all would be a revelation for most Americans.The masses of people who have judged the Arabs, the Middle Eastern world, and the Taliban responsible for these acts are highly undereducated in the history of America's foreign policy, and that is merely scratching the surface. They fail to understand why anyone would want to attack this great nation, let alone the innocent people who enjoy the freedom it provides them. Sadly enough, most Americans will never take the time to investigate the atrocities done to Middle Eastern people -- they are destined to remain forever ignorant of the affairs of a place oceans away from them. They will rely on the mainstream media, television, and magazines for what they know of the world.Unfortunately, in today's world, the media doesn't always give both sides of the story, as this is a business, and in business the need to make money complicates matters. This truth, further compounded by the propaganda of the U.S. government, makes for a rather ignorant, apathetic American citizen. Right away the question was, who had done this? The media went to the most likely suspect, a known terrorist, Osama bin Laden. Media sources had quickly affirmed that Osama bin Laden was indeed the culprit. No evidence of his involvement in the crime was given, just a history which at best made him a suspect. He became a man who was toted before the public eye as guilty of a crime because no one else would have done this. An egocentric view on American citizens' parts, to...

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