Unexpected consequences linger a decade later, citizens left searching for solutions

by Brad Shulkin— Sports Editor of Statesman Newspaper

From the moment American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States’ view on terrorism changed forever. In the years that followed, two wars would be started, an economy would decline, and the fear of terrorism would become a worldwide problem, said Mahmood Monshipouri, associate Professor in the department of International Relations at San Francisco State University,

“Terrorism is a global problem that affects everyone,” Paul F. Diehl, Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, said. “But until it happens to a particular country, it isn’t viewed as a problem that requires specific action.”

The fear that struck the world in the aftermath of the attacks was the realization that terrorism is a worldwide problem. The idea that people are willing to die for their country or religion says something about where the world is headed, Ian Markham, author of September 11: Religious Perspectives on the Causes and Consequences, said.

In the months immediately after Sept. 11, the world morally supported the United States. But, what would ultimately hurt the US the most in the coming years was President George W. Bush’s decision to send troops into Iraqi territory. According to Monshipouri, President Bush decided to send troops into Iraq to destroy “weapons of mass destruction” as a way to prevent future terrorist attacks emanating from Iraq. As it turns out, the existence of the weapons, as well as the rumors of involvement by the al-Qaeda extremist group, led by Osama bin Laden, were unproven. The occupation of Iraq has now dragged on for almost a decade and has cost the United States time, resources and money.

Over the past decade, the United States has gone from a country with economic stability, to one with a debt in the trillions. According to Monshipouri, the attacks on September 11, 2001 aggravated’ the economy causing the United States to go into the economic decline that we are currently in.

“The effect of this war has taken a tremendous toll on our country,” Monshipouri said. “The United States has lost moral authority.”

What has changed in the decade since the attacks is the amount of resources being put toward preventing terrorism around the world. Though the United States did suffer the traumatic events of Sept. 11 on their own soil and thousands of innocent lives were lost, more countries will be prepared if a terrorist were to strike. Not only have the increased airport security measures made it harder for terrorists to strike again, but now there are also more resources and intelligence being shared to prevent the global problem of terrorism.

“Because of the damage to the United States and their stature in politics, more countries will be prepared for attacks like [Sept. 11],” Monshipouri said.

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