"Ten years ago, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the people of the United States."
The days that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11th brought the world together in solidarity. Letters of sympathy came in from the Middle East, countries held moments of silence, offers of support in forms of prayers, and military assistance.
"The tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was marked not just in New York City and Washington, D.C. but also with poignant tributes in cities across the globe."
More than 80 countries lost citizens in the attacks of September 11, 2001. The World Trade Center was targeted because of what it represented, a global financial idol. What do you think it says that so many diverse nations would choose to honor not only their own citizens lost that day, but the United States and the iconic symbol, the American Flag?
The New York Times published this extensive list on September 13, 2001. The list details how nations around the globe reacted to the attacks on the United States. The majority of nations express sympathy and mourning in some way, while in Iraq, then President Hussein said the attacks on the United States were the result of America's ''evil policy''.
The terrorist attacks of September 11th changed America forever, but Robert Lacey argues they had a big impact on Saudi Arabia too, by emboldening reformers to push back against religious extremists.
The Saudi reaction on September 11, 2001 was sympathetic and condemned the attacks as being “in conflict with our religious and civilized values.” The United States would discover quickly, however, that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. This article says that crown prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz studied the attacks of that day, to learn from it, and has implemented changes since then. Since 9/11, Abdullah has implemented reforms in the Islamic nation, which have been slow going and leave much to be desired for an oppressive country, but are reforms none the less.
For example, soon after 9/11 the Saudi interior ministry began to issue identity cards for Saudi women for the first time, making it enormously easier for women to conduct financial and legal transactions. (Prior, women were simply registered under their father or husband) Can the events of 9/11 be seen as the motivation for a better educated society?
"Despite security hurdles and ongoing construction, tourists have made the new memorial a regular stop on their visits to New York City."
Written 3 months after the Memorial opened, the article says that the Memorial has had visitors from all 50 states and 120 countries with over 1 million visitors. The site requires advance passes, and long lines, yet its visitors keep coming. A memorial for some, an attraction for others, the site had to find a balance for New Yorkers and the world.
"Shocked governments around the world offered condolences to America in the wake of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."
Posted on September 11, 2001 at 9:30 pm, CNN compiled a list of statements of condolences from around the world. Just hours after the attacks on the United States, much of the world was expressing their sympathy and solidarity. “German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said: "This is not only an attack on the United States but an attack on the civilised world."
Not all communications were supportive, some Palestinians took the opportunity to speak out against US policies, “From Gaza, Islamic Jihad official Nafez Azzam said "what happened in the United States today is a consequence of American policies in this region."
Ground zero, sleeper cells, progressive vertical collapse: The most resonant phrases of 9/11 are imbued with what might be called antipoetry, a resistance to prettification.
In the post 9/11 decade, there are words and phrases that have taken on new meaning. This is just one part of our world that has changed since the attacks of that day. Did the word jihad or the phrase T.S.A. have any meaning in your life before September 11, 2001.
How has America changed since the attacks of September 11, 2001? We are still struggling to find a balance between saftey and civil liberties. The Patriot Act, prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, interrorgation techniques have all become parts of our lives.
The article asks the questions...
• Can the government listen to our phone conversations and read our e-mails without warrants?
• Should suspected terrorists at the Guantánamo prison in Cuba have the right to challenge their detention in court?
• How much power does the president have to search for and punish those accused of having terrorist ties?
• Are harsh interrogation techniques ever justified? And at what point do they become torture?
Do you remember a time when you could board a plane with friends or family seeing you off from the gate? Do you remember bringing liquids though security? The youth of this country do not.
"Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to the United States, issued the following statement today in response to recent reports of Saudi involvement in 9-11"
Issued two years after the attacks, this press release again condemns the attacks, denies any support to Al-Qaeda and expresses frustration with the American belief in the involvement of the Saudi government.
The Newseum is a museum of modern history. The museum itself has an exibit dedicated to the events of September 11, 2001. On it's website, they have an archive of every newspaper front page from September 12, 2001 that mentioned the attacks. What do you think it says that so many diverse nations put the attack on the United States on their front page?