1. Why do you think the United States was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001? What justifications did Islamic fundamentalists make for this act?
The 9/11 attack on the United States was basically an act of misjudged retaliation. A retaliation conjured up by the Islamic fundamentalists who justify this act of manslaughter of innocent citizens including women as children as Jihad or ‘Holy War’. According to this concept and justification, the Islamic fundamentalists declare America as a powerful, oppressive nation, especially towards Islam. Thus, it is the duty of every Muslim to take up arms against this oppressor and protect the concept of Islam from being wiped out by this ‘oppressor’.
2. Discuss the aftermath of the attacks. How did this disaster affect the American people? How did it affect the rest of the world?
Frankly speaking, the 9/11 attack shook America all the way to its foundation. One of the most powerful nations of the world being attacked in such a brutal manner left the American people feeling vulnerable and shaken. However, the attack not only affected America, but had a lasting impact on the entire world. Less developed nations felt more vulnerable thinking that is such a mighty nation like America could be attacked in such a manner, the less developed nations couldn’t stand a chance.
3. What military actions have the United States taken as a result of the attacks? How have these actions been viewed by the United Nations?
Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush quickly retaliated by joining hands with America’s friends in a common fight against this inhumane and savage beast – the Al Qaeda. The home ground for this extremist organization was the rough mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. America, along with its Allies swiftly declared this act of retaliation against the Taliban, under whose wings the Al Qaeda thrived. Initially, the UN was assigned to play a supporting role in the ‘War Against Terror’. However, as America intensified its attacks using air and missile strikes, the pleas of the United Nations, as well as the entire world were somewhat brushed aside with the excuse that America was acting in self-defense to an utterly horrid and inhumane attack on its home soil. Thus, up till now, the UN just plays a passive role in this war, mainly being responsible for the formation of the interim government in Kabul.