Basinger Hickey 1 Justin Basinger and William Hickey September 25, 2001 Opinion Sadistic Zealots The acts of terrorists on September 11, 2001, demolished two important American buildings and executed thousands of innocent victims.
This united Americans, both to mourn the loss of lives and to fight back against international terrorism. However unforgivable, this attack was not a senseless act of violence by sadistic zealots. Apparently, the terrorists were not aware of the long-term consequences of their actions. The brainwashed crusaders may not have even known the motivation for the attack but were blindly following a twisted act of eccentric Muslims. In either case, serious short and long-term reactions will ensue until ultimately, a peaceful resolution will result or the world will be at war. The causes of this atrocious terrorism are numerous and date back to biblical history when freedom fighters were misguided by radical factions, such as the zealots who fought Roman domination while Christ sought peace.
In the present, one of the chief causes is Americas gift of approximately three billion dollars to Israel each year. This money and support is then used to help the Israeli Army fight an endless territorial war against Palestine. The result is anti-US. demonstrations in Palestine and other Arab countries.
The arsenals used by Israelis to attack Palestine were obtained through American aid. US technology has provided for easy international travel and contemporary buildings and cities produce easy targets to kill innocent victims with one mighty blow. Therefore, when people ask today what Americans did to deserve this, the answer would be simple. America entwined itself into a war over hallowed ground. Hoping to be a mediator, it did not realize that it is in no place to proctor such a violent bonanza.
Basinger Hickey 2 The reactions of Americans to the terrorism were what everyone expected. An initial fear of certain doom was followed by remorse and grief for the loss of lives. Next came the nationwide sacred oath of revenge, one that was shared by the President of the United States. He vowed vengeance on the perpetrators of the attack.
Among the individual Americans, no consensus is available on what they feel needs to be done. Extremists feel that the only way to rectify this situation is to sacrifice all Arab countries. Others hope that there is no need for any more violence, as it can only escalate into even more trouble for targeted countries. For instance, perhaps the solution will be found by bringing Osama bin Ladin and his cult of kamikaze bandits to justice other then executing millions of innocent Arabs with a bomb. The solution may not be in either of these two extremes but somewhere in between.
Only time may tell what the future holds for all of humanity. A bold action such as this, upon two of Americas symbols of economy and defense, can only be expected to create grave consequences. One could not possibly expect to attack and kill this many innocent civilians without being reprimanded, especially when these civilians are part of the most powerful economic and military systems in the world. These consequences may become part of everyday life for Americans, as they may be forced to forfeit everyday rights.
For example, a young boy that wants to persue his future in owning a small business my be denied that right due to a draft that is required by the military. Soon, things such as international ID cards and frequent metal detector tests could become commonplace. Many Americans may not want to accept these changes but they may play a crucial role in curbing future terrorism. As for the people who committed this terrorism, they will have to live in constant fear that they are being monitored or searched for by many soldiers. Because of these worldwide changes, all future attempts at terrorism will be extremely difficult to succeed. If these changes do not prevent further attacks, more security will be implemented and more rights will have to be forfeited.
Basinger Hickey 3 In any case, after this calamity on September 11, 2001, the American Constitution still holds strong, allowing Americans to maintain every right possible. Another objective for America is to observe and sustain foreign rights and policies without alienating religious beliefs or previously set governmental standards. The most important thing for all US citizens to remember is that a country is only as strong as its citizens and so we must all stick together to overcome hard times. In the end, America and its allies will prevail or the world may not remain safe for anyone, in any country.