Term Paper: September 11 and the New

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[. . .] Before the attacks on the World Trade Center took place, people from different origins lived there safely without being targeted in any way. They set up their businesses there and lived peacefully. There was a sense of security that prevailed for all people living in the U.S., and there was a great respect for human life no matter what color caste or creed. Even if differences did significantly exist, the media did not splash them out as it is today.

Since the attacks on the World Trade Center took place, all residents and permanent citizens of the U.S. have lost their sense of security. Today, a non-white is seen as a threat to humanity and non-Muslims, especially if s/he is of Arab origin. Anyone with a beard is to be feared as a fundamentalist, just for the sake of one man, 'Osama Bin Laden', whom we are still not really sure was responsible for the attacks. However, it was he who has condoned such an appalling act against humanity, and hence, should be caught and dealt with. He has claimed responsibility for other attacks.

FBI amendments have been made since the attack on September 11th. The FBI has now been given authority to intrude privacy. They can now enter in the middle of school meetings, libraries, congregational prayers of Muslims, etc. This is the reason why the U.S. is losing the essence of Democracy (USA Patriot Act, 2001).

Before the attacks on the World Trade Center, intelligence agencies were not given the right to invade anyone's privacy. Amendments made are to ensure that the U.S. is safe from terrorism. But these amendments can have severe repercussions too. They could give rise to corruption and the American citizens could also be targeted for nothing. They might be accused of being implicated in crimes they have not had anything to do with (They may be framed).

The idea in democracy that stresses on a man being 'innocent until proven guilty' that existed before the attacks on the World Trade Center has now seemingly changed to 'guilty until proven innocent'. If such amendments are made that are affecting the essence of Democracy negatively then the U.S. is destroying itself without further terrorist attacks.

Ironic as it may sound, though the term 'terrorism' is widely known as one that describes the actions of perpetrators, on the other hand it describes the actions of 'freedom fighters' against oppressors. The 'Jehadis' (freedom fighters) say that they do not have an army to counter the injustice that is taking place in Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Myanmar, Eritrea, etc., so they have organized themselves in groups all over the world. In this way, they can attack US setups as and when they get the opportunities, and their ultimate aim is to weaken America by doing so (Esposito, 1999).

The idea of Muslims sticking together was coined from the Iranian Revolution. They had decided not to be oppressed by Western powers, and so other Muslims have followed. Their concept of brotherhood has led to them sticking together in order to combat western oppression.

On the whole, the American citizen is the sufferer because of the attacks and because of the laws made against terrorists thereafter. Human life is no longer safe, and people have lost the sense of security that they had in the U.S. At the same time it is worth questioning the real security of the United States and other countries around the world that fear terrorist attacks.

In a logical sense if one looks at the events that took place on September 11th and then on, it becomes pretty obvious that an international terrorist organization such as the 'Al Qaeda' with all their high technology that the U.S. claimed they had, failed miserably.

A question worth asking is whether the 'Al Qaeda' was really international. If they were really international terrorists wouldn't they target something more costly than the World Trade Center? Wouldn't they target something like Nuclear Installations in the United States instead of wasting their resources, time etc. On two cement blocks? (Esposito, 1999)

It has been a topic of much debate whether Al Qaeda were really what they claimed to be or whether Osama Bin Laden was really against the U.S. How has he disappeared along with Mullah Omer? How has Saddam Hussein disappeared now after the coalition forces have entered Iraq?

If people like Saddam and Osama Bin Laden are really dangerous how do they disappear so easily? Questions such as these can go on and on because there is a something amiss in the whole international operation. These Islamic leaders may be ones that could have been bought over and paved the way for American control in their countries.

It is apparent that even if they didn't settle with the Imperialists they would be trodden on, but they might have been offered the easier way out through which fewer people would die, including their national guards.

It is worth considering that the Arab leaders like Saddam and Osama could be bought over what would happen in the case of North Korea? As focus seems to be shifting in that direction lately one does not know what could happen if the Communists decide not to play along with the Imperialists.

Considering a dangerous situation at hand, which refers to nuclear war, the Europeans would be doing the smartest thing by allowing the Americans to spearhead the battle and do the dirty work. In case of nuclear conflict it would most likely be the Americans to be directly affected by it instead of the Europeans who are not doing the talking.

This is true because of the fact that United States, in this new world order, have got themselves into a position where they are in control of the Middle East and South Asia. They have bases in many places and are equally vulnerable as they are capable. Though this position is a precarious one for the U.S. And the rest of the world, it is certainly one that is a result of planning in the past, a new world order. This may said because of the words that ex-president George H.W. Bush said in 1990: "Tell them we can't just let Iraq get away with this. There is a new world order developing" (McGuire & Meyer, 2003). It is these words that stimulate ones thoughts about the whole episode of September 11th, and thereafter Afghanistan and Iraq being as part of that new world order that George H.W. Bush spoke about.

Of course there are people, the ones who are unaware of the chain of events, who do not see eye-to-eye with George W. Bush's views on attacking countries that are threats to world piece. They fail to see that Saddam might have been left in his place so that the U.S. could maintain their bases in the Middle East, and also so that the U.S. could re-enter the country as they presently have.

If one looks back at the way that conflicts in the Middle East have been kept ablaze for decades it can be seen that foreign occupation has been justified because of them. At the center of it all is the Israel and Palestinian conflict. Why was Israel created in the middle of a region that was dominated with Muslims that have grown in number over many centuries? By deliberately doing this Britain and the U.S. have weakened the Muslim block considerably due to the instability therein. It is something that the Muslim world is aware of and they are ready to fight relentlessly.

There is much insecurity in this way to world peace. The imperialists realize this as well and perhaps they are stepping up their operations more and more so that anything counter measures cannot be taken against them.

With such kinds of dangerous politics taking place in the world it is obvious that there are very few place that are truly safe. This is because of the presence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the world today. Should these weapons get into the hands of people enraged enough to use them there would be loss inflicted on a large scale. This assertion also makes it reasonable enough to understand why the Al Qaeda with all the resources that the International community claimed they had hardly did any damage. The media has played its role in exaggerating the fears of 'an international terrorist organization', and this has badly warped the views that people had of the Muslim world (Re-ordering the world, 2003).

Already opposing religious indoctrination in the west held reservations about Islamic doctrine, but the fact that the media highlighted the fundamentalist actions of the Taliban on their on people has certainly stigmatized the religion and its followers wherever they are.

By putting one category of people against the other racism is legitimized, and hence Asians and Arabs suffer the most when they are out of their original countries. The religious grounds on which people are segregated… [END OF PREVIEW]

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