9/11 Tradegy

Karen Salazar

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

On the morning of September 11, 2001, there were terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda, an Islamist extremist group in New York. Around 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex. It is said that a third plane crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. The Twin Towers ultimately collapsed because of the damage from the impacts and the resulting fires. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations. 2,753 people were killed in New York, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon and about 40 people were killed on the planes. People say American intervention in the Middle East is the main motivation behind the 9/11 attacks.

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Medias such as CNN, New Republic, Fox News, and Washington Times are some of many outlets that covered this tragic event.

Due to Bush's impact on the intervention in the Middle East, many say he could have prevented this from happening. As opponents of the Bush administration blamed him. There were others whom completely took his side, and began discriminating the Islamist group.

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Many events influence Bin Laden and the Islamic group to plan the attack.

1986 - The US bombs Libya in retaliation for the Germany bombing.

1988 - Passenger jet Pam Am Flight 103 is blown up by Muslim Extremists over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.

1991 - First Iraq War.

1993 - 5 killed and hundreds injured by a bomb placed by Muslim extremists in the World Trade Centre.

1993 - 18 US troops killed in Mogadishu, Somalia.

1995 - A car bomb planted by Muslim Extremists kills 5 Americans and injures 30 more in Saudi Arabia.

1998 - US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania bombed by Muslim Extremists.

2000 - US warship USS Cole attacked by Muslim extremists.

911 Cell Phone Calls

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Supposedly, cell phone calls from the phone were fake. Scientists and skeptics maintain that cell phones could not receive reception from the altitude the planes typically fly at. Other skeptics questioned a phone call from a son to his mother, in which he referred to himself by his own first and last name.


There exist a lot of opinions from many critics. Perhaps Bush was the one to start all of this to prevent America from knowing what was actually happening. Also, people could argue that it was all about Marxist. The money was needed for Bush to continue to repair damages from wars.

Historical criticism also plays a role in the tragedy because of all the past wars.

My Opinion

Overall, 9/11 was a terrifying event in which many individuals lost their life. Many people are living with grief because they lost their loved ones. I believe that more racism started because of this, and many people now look at Islams with hate and anger.