How 9/11 Changed The World

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It is known as the worst attack ever to occur on U.S. soil. Its image is gruesomely iconic. It has started wars and conflicts that have raged within the Middle East for the past twelve years, that shows no signs of ceasing. There have been memorials, films, TV programmes, documentaries and conspiracy theories depicting what really happened that day. On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, we remember all those who lost their lives when the planes hit the Twin Towers. What we don’t usually stop to think about, is the impact that 9/11 had upon the world, and the lives it affected as a result.  


9/11 hit America on a epic scale.  Therefore, America (being America), was only going to retaliate on an epic scale. They did so with speed and ferocity and barely a month after America had invaded Afghanistan - ridding it of the Taliban who supported Al Qaeda and ruled 90 per cent of the country.


Four years later and next on George ‘War Monger’ Bush’s agenda was Iraq, which was supposedly to help with ‘War on Terror’. Bush wanted to portray himself as ‘helping’ the people of Iraq and saving the Middle East from men like Bin Laden. However, 12 years later, with troops still in the country, the civilian death at 114, 407, it is no wonder that the world seems hesitant about American interference with Syria.   


A little closer to home, George Bush set up Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Designed as a detention center, it’s orange jumpsuits and reports of abuse and torture are as infamous and controversialas the acts that inspired its existence.  A place of terror for those who supposedly commit acts of terror. Hailed by many as inhumane, Guantanamo still houses over 750, many of who will never stand trial.


Much of 9/11’s impact has been courted on the world’s stage. However, it has also bought about subtle changes in society. Racial profiling for instance - or attacks on Islamic places of worship. Never before has the tension between East and West become so strained. One attacks, the other retaliates, and more people die as a result. Earlier this summer, drummer Lee Rigby was murdered on the streets of London in retaliation of Middle Eastern Wars.


Since 9/11 the world has seen other terrorist attacks; London, Bali, Egypt and Spain, to name but a few. However, 9/11 was the beginning; the beginning of a 12-year war fought in different countries, with different weapons, killing people of all creeds, faiths and colour.  In a single day, the world changed forever, and just like all atrocious acts of violence and fear, it has shown what humanity is really capable of doing to one another. 

Joanna Bateson-Hill

Originating from Brixton, London, I study Theatre and Performance at University of Leeds. I love everything to do with film, theatre and most of all writing, with the occasional bit of swimming thrown in for good measure. I hope to write articles that make people laugh but also make them think. To me, writing is a fun, cheap and healthier form of therapy. I hope that people have as much fun reading my articles as I do writing them, which is a lot.


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