12 Years on: 12 Defining Moments From War On Terror

by
Sameera Ehteram
It’s been 12 years since the world watched, the coordinated attacks on New York City and Washington DC. in shock and horror.

It’s been 12 years since the world watched, the coordinated attacks on New York City and Washington DC. in shock and horror.

September 11, 2001 had a residual effect on the United States and the world as a whole. Its significance remains and defines the past 12 years as well as the future for millions across the world.

Since President George WW. Bush declared America’s War on Terror hundreds of thousands have lost their lives and trillions of dollars spent in the name of security, freedom, democracy and nation building.

Looking back, here are 12defining moments  since the twin towers fell 12 years ago. 

President Bush addresses the nation

“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts… A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve…This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.”


'Axis Of Evil' identified

War In Afghanistan

Three days after the 9/11 attack Congress authorized a war against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The terrorist organization was given safe harbor in the Taliban-controlled nation.. Since then 2,144 U.S. military personnel have lost their lives in the US-led intervention in Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Weapons of mass destruction in iraq: Colin Powell’s speech before the U.N. 

 The fact that weapons of mass destruction were never found in Iraq – the governments ticket to go to war, has haunted the US ever since the invasion in 2004. War fatigue from Afghanistan and Iraq has played a major role in public opinion on US military intervention in Syria.

Saddam hussein captured and hanged

Atrocities at Abu Gharaib and Guantanamo Bay 

In April 2004, photos emerged showing the inhumanetreatment of prisonersat Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq. The images showed US personnel intimidating, abusing and torturing detainees . Pictures of prisoners stripped naked and forced into humiliating positions still haunt our memories. The situation in the detention center at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba was no better. Horrific reports of torture and hunger strikes  make international headlines regularly.

7/7 London Bombings

The following video tells it all.

Four suicide bombers terrorized central London,killing 52 people and injuring more than 770.

The Capture And Killing Of Osama Bin Laden, May 2 2011

Osama bin Laden, founder and head of al-Qaeda was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011 by US Navy SEALs in an operation code-named Operation Neptune Spear.

Traveling after 9/11

Traveling has not ben the same for a long time now. Nothing is private and the kind of scrutiny passengers (including pregnant women, children and even invalids) are put through, there is a lot of rage out there.

Invasion Of Privacy 

The post 9/11 era, especially the recent years have left no respect for individual provacy- internet, emails, online accounts, phone calls, nothing is private. The global surveillance program run by the National Security Agency seems to overide any rights that people may have had to privacy.

Since the snooping program, exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden the Obama administration and particularly President Barack Obama has been under fire for supporting the espionage efforts.

Ten Years On - 9/11 Memorial At Ground Zero, New York 2011

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the principal memorial and museum commemorating the September 11 attacks. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, on the former location of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed during the attacks.

US Military Casualties 

Thousands have died in the years since 2001- civilians as well as armed men and women. Hundreds of braves laid their lives for the quest of freedom and safety of millions, not caring for their lives, serving their country as well as humanity. 

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