Osama Bin Laden; the mastermind of 9/11
December 21, 2012
Osama Bin Laden changed the world on September 11, 2012, when he orchestrated the 9/11 bombings on the World Trade Center in New York City. He has also formulated many other attacks including the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, and attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998 (Encyclopedia of World 1). Osama Bin Laden had a negative influence on societies, economies, and religion throughout the world because of his actions in masterminding many radical terrorist attacks, and because he created and funded al-Qaeda.
Osama Bin Laden had a dramatic effect not only on the society of the United States but also worldwide. These radical attacks have resulted in changes to the way society conducts business, travel, immigration, and most importantly, how people view and trust each other. Simply put, it has in many ways resulted in a drastic change to many people’s behaviour. The attacks of 9/11 resulted in increased security exponentially. After these attacks, airport security was amplified. Other security measures were implemented such as every time someone flies they are required to undergo body scanning; they have to remove shoes and belts, and all liquids over three point four ounces must be packed in checked luggage (Johanson 13). All these measures are now enforced to ensure maximum safety and security in airports. Instead of being able to breeze through the airport and board their flight, people are required to be there two hours early, which has become a necessary inconvenience and a time consuming practice. After the 9/11 attacks, people were very hesitant to fly because they were afraid. To help ease the anxiety of flying and perform the safety precautions, the United States created the Transportation Security Administration. The TSA hired over 50,000 people to work in airports across the country and have found to date over fifty million prohibited items, 5,000 of them being firearms (Johanson 7-10). Since Osama Bin Laden’s various attacks, some airlines like Canada 3000 and Swiss Air were on the verge of going bankrupt. To counteract this, the airlines crammed more seats in their airplanes, cut the complimentary food service, and reduced flights (Johanson 22). This inconveniences the passengers because there is less space and comfort on board and with less flights, not everyone may get a seat on their flight. Osama Bin Laden had a direct impact on the way we travel, has put anxiety in the minds of innocent people wanting or needing to travel on an airplane, and caused changes in the way commercial airlines conduct businesses.
Osama Bin Laden has affected society worldwide through the lives lost in 9/11 and America’s war on terrorism. Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the many deaths that occurred as a result of his terrorist attacks. In the wake of 9/11, approximately 3000 people died (Newsmakers 1). This not only affected the people that died, but also the people that love them, witnessed their death, their neighbours, the community around them, and also the world. An enormous amount of grief was felt throughout the world and many societies were humbled. Another way Osama Bin Laden has impacted society is the number of troops, particularly American, that have been sent to Afghanistan and Iraq to fight in the war on terrorism. Approximately 70,000 troops were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan (Encyclopedia of World 23). This affected both their own lives and also their loved ones, not knowing if they are alive, putting a great amount of fear in millions of people’s lives worldwide. The cost of the war on terrorism has not only been human lives. Governments across the world have had to fund the increased deployments and make revisions in their budgets for the future. Finally, there has been a large death toll incurred by...
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