September 11, 2001
Who, What, When, Where, Why
It is believed that 19 terrorists associated with the Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda hijacked 4 planes and carried out suicide attacks on America. Two of those planes were crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, one of them was crashed into the Pentagon, and the last one crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The reason for the attacks are believed to be retaliation because America supported Israel in its involvement in the Persian Gulf War.
Perspective #1 Media Portrayed
The Media portrayed it to seem like the Islamic extremist group was at fault before actual evidence. The U.S blamed them for it because after the Persian Gulf War the U.S asked the Iraqi regime to reveal and destroy all weapons of mass destruction, but they didn't. This lead America to believe that these men were not peaceful. The media also made it seem it was Al-Qaeda because they have a deep hatred for America and its allies, and it has aided, trained and harbored terrorists. After U.S issued the Invasion of Iraq to overthrow the Taliban from power.
Perspective #2 Media Portrayed
The Media portrayed that Bush knew all about 9/11 because they warned him about it but instead of doing something about it just brushed it off. When he got the warning that Al-Qaeda was going to strike on U.S soil he had a lot of FBI agents working on the war on Drugs and instead of pulling some of them out and into working on terrorism he just left it how it was. Bush was intent of invading Iraq as soon as he came into office and after the attacks that gave him an excuse or reason on why they should invade Iraq. instead of invading Afghanistan he invaded Iraq that had no proven link between Al-Qaeda. this made people suspicious.
I believe 9/11 was an inside job because I feel like Bush could've done more to prevent it. For example when they notified him about the message he just ignored it. Jet fuel can't burn steel beams so that means bombs had to be placed on multiple floors if not all and how was that done without any suspicion? The engineers who designed the towers said they were built to withstand winds up to 200 mph and multiple plane crashes from a 747. The attack on the Pentagon was an inside job to because there was no plane at the crash and out of all the cameras none of them was able to get a clear picture of the place crashing into the building.
This event can be examined under historical criticism because before 9/11 there was already history to why the Iraqi regime had so much hatred towards America. The history dates back to the Cold War that Iraq was Soviet Unions ally.
After this event took place it had a cultural change to the whole country. It increased the time spent at home and with family, higher church attendance, and increased expression of patriotism. Physiologists also confirmed that there has been an increase in anxiety in commercial air travel.