September 11th Essay

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September 11th

September 11th, the day Innocents Dies



September 11th, 8:45 a.m.: A large plane, possibly a hijacked airliner, crashes into one
of the World Trade Center towers, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it
afire. 9:03 a.m.: A second plane, apparently a passenger jet, crashes into the second
World Trade Center tower and explodes. Both buildings are burning. 9:30 a.m.: Bush,
speaking in Florida, says the country has suffered an "apparent terrorist attack." 9:43
a.m.: An aircraft crashes into the Pentagon, sending up a huge plume of smoke. Evacuation
begins immediately. 9:45 a.m.: The White House evacuates. 10:05 a.m.: The south tower of
the World Trade Center collapses, plummeting into the streets below. A massive cloud of
dust and debris forms and slowly drifts away from the building. 10:10 a.m.: A portion of
the Pentagon collapses. 1:27 p.m.: A state of emergency is declared by the city of
Washington. 1:30 p.m. The country wants answers.

First shock, then terror, followed by sorrow, and lastly rage. How could such an act be
committed on American soil? This country asks this question in disbelief. The US demands
answers and revenge for this act of evil. Who is to blame for the possible tens of
thousands of deaths? The only way to answer this question is to look at the people that
could do such an act and what possible reasons they would have for doing it. This county
as a hole looks over seas for answers, they look to a county called Afghanistan that
harbors a terrorist called Osama bin Laden.

"Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist and the son of a Saudi billionaire, has been on the
FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list since 1999, and the U.S. State Department has offered
a $5 million reward for his arrest." Quoted from www.cnn.com. Most U.S. prosecutors say
bin Laden is the leader of a group called al Qaeda (Arabic for "the Base"), this is a
network blamed for successful and failed terrorist strikes on the U.S. Some are the
millennium-bombing plot, last year's attack on the USS Cole, in Yemen killing 17 U.S.
sailors and wounding 39, and the nearly simultaneous bombings of the U.S. embassies in
Tanzania and Kenya.

Bin Laden, a Muslim believes that he is fighting a holy war in the name of his religion.
Muslims are Followers of the Islam religion. They believe that Allah is the One True God.
Also they believe that Abraham, David, Moses Jesus and Muhammad's are Prophets and that
Jesus is not the true Son of God. Muhammad is believed to be the newest profit and has had
the greatest effect on the Islam religion. Muhammad's role as the last of the Prophets was
to formalize and clarify the faith and to purify it by removing foreign ideas that had
been added in error. Muhammad was visited in Mecca by the angel Gabriel. "He developed the
conviction that he had been ordained a Prophet and given the task of converting his
countrymen from their pagan, polytheistic beliefs and what he regarded as moral decadence,
idolatry, hedonism and materialism." Quoted from www.encarta.com.

There are acts that Muslims perform in there religion. There is a "chant" that most
devoted Muslims repeat at least daily. "There is no God but God and Muhammad is his
Prophet". Also part of the Muslim belief is to donate regularly to charity, a yearly 2.5%
charity tax that goes to support Muslim beliefs. They should fast a month out of the year.
And it is also believed that during a Muslims lifetime if economically and physically
able, to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca, the Muslims holly land. This dedication to
religion and to there holy land is very strong and has been the reason for many wars.

"Mecca was taken by the Egyptians in the 13th century. In the 16th century control passed
to Turkey. From 1517 the descendants of Muhammad through governed Mecca for the Turks.
Then latter were driven from the city in 1916. In 1924 the British supported Husein ibn
Ali. Who made Mecca the religious capital of Saudi Arabia." www.encarta.com. Under Husein
jbn Ali leadership treaties were formed and led to the formation in 1945 of the Arab
League. By leasing oil concessions in Saudi Arabia to British and American businessmen,
the king became one of the richest men in the world. Needless to say Muslims were pissed
that Holy land was being "rented" to the American and British. A new reason for war was
formed over the holy land and with that came hate for the Americans and British.

The straw that broke the camels back for Muslims was the 1990 decision by Saudi Arabia to
allow the U.S. to attack on Iraqi forces in Kuwait and Iraq. After the U.S. victory, the
U.S. military decided to make their presence in those areas permanent. Laden said the
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