The 9/11 Emergency and Aftermath
Muslims in America post-9/11
These carefully engineered attacks were planned by Islamic terrorists in league with al-Qaeda, the infamous terrorist group of the infamous Osama Bin Laden. In the three attacks combined, 10,000 were injured and 3,000 lives claimed, most of which were just ordinary people at work. The attacks were supposedly in retaliation to "America's support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued military presence in the Middle East" (9/11 Attacks [Article]).
In Relation to The Crucible
Another similarity in themes is the victims made of only specific groups of people. In Salem, mostly women were accused of witchcraft, since they were thought to be more easily tempted by the devil (Kennedy, Cohen 74). In modern-day America, you don't usually witness a white man or woman being accused of terrorism or being in league with Hussein, because they don't fit the stereotypical image that comes to mind when people think "terrorist." Similarly, it's more common for one to witness Muslim people being "randomly selected" for more thorough airport security screenings. Just as no one in Salem would have thought a respected Christian man to be a witch, few people would suspect a Caucasian person of terrorism.
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