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DescriptionEffects of 911 on race relations
September 11th 2001 marks a historic event where global shockwaves were felt. On this day Islamist terrorists targeted one of the most populous cities in the world, New York and attacked the twin towers of the world trade centre and the Pentagon in which almost 3000 people lost their lives. Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda was suspected to be responsible for this attack however initially they denied any involvement but after a few years Osama Bin Laden claimed responsibility. This resulted in the war against war against terror which led to the invasion of Afghanistan as an attempt to diminish the presence of Al Qaeda and the Taliban, and it also led to the invasion of Iraq shortly after. The creation of Guantanamo bay detention centre was also a result of the attacks and is exclusively used to detain and incarcerate Muslims who are thought to be involved in terrorist activities and many inmates are often detained without any evidence. Affects of the attack had stretched far across the borders of the United States as we saw a rise in Islamophobia in the western world.
I have chosen to base my case study on this particular event as it occurred during my lifetime and I can directly relate to the tense relations that took place after the event between Muslims and the western world. Islam and Muslims have unfortunately become synonymous with extremism and terror.
Sequences of four coordinated suicide attacks were conducted On September 11th 2001 in New York and Washington D.C. American airlines flight 11 carrying 92 passengers, United Airlines flight 175 carrying 65 passengers, American flight 77 carrying 64 passengers and United flight 93 carrying 45 passengers, were hijacked by Islamic fundamentalists. (Marrs, J. 2006). 19 terrorists believed to be part of the Al-Qaeda militant group were responsible for the hijacking of the four planes, and they deliberately crashed, American airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175, directly into the twin towers of the world trade centre.
Five hijackers crashed American Airlines flight 11 directly into the north tower of the world trade centre at 8:46 am, and a further five hijackers flew United Airlines flight 175 into the south tower of the world trade centre at 9:03 am. It took almost two hours for the world trade centre to completely fall apart and resulted in the deaths of many innocent civilians. Another plane, also hijacked by five terrorists, was crashed into the pentagon at 9:37 am and the fourth flight, United Airlines flight 93 was under the control of four hijackers, it is believed that it was intended to crash into the white house however the passenger and crew of the plane attempted to fight ...
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