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Final Draft Essay # 3 - Boda 1 Sushanth Boda English...

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Sushanth Boda English 125-013 Draft of Essay # 3 Misconception As the sunset glistened over the Hudson River on September 11, 2001, New York City was full of smoke, silence and sorrow. Earlier that morning, a series of coordinated plane attacks hit the majestic Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and left a total of 2,976 victims who had over 90 nationalities. (Alfano) “All of a sudden there were people screaming. I saw people jumping out of the building. Their arms were flailing. I stopped taking pictures and started crying,” said Michael Walters, a free-lance photojournalist in Manhattan who was present at the attacks of the World Trade Center Towers. Many people including, Michael didn’t know how to act. They had never witnessed anything like this before and were caught up in a cluster of chaos. It took a tragic toll on Americans because over 20 percent of them knew a victim in the attacks (Moore), and consequently became fueled with both anger and frustration. When finding out that all of the hijackers were Islamic, Muslims were then used as a scapegoat for the terrorists responsible. By quickly trying to place blame, a dark cloud was created around Muslims worldwide and as a result, they were at the mercy of racial profiling. Many people have characterized all Muslims as radical and violent without understanding the full perspective of their religion. The viewpoint of the whole cannot be judged based upon the opinions of a few extremists. Only by viewing both sides of the argument, can one truly see the validity of this stereotype. The morning of 9/11 started off like another in the busy streets of downtown New York City. There were people rushing to work, hotdogs sizzling on intersections, and the honking of bright yellow taxis. However the sights and sounds of “The city of that never sleeps” would instantly change to an array of confusion. There was an avalanche of smoke as the buildings collapsed, seeming almost unreal that something like this was actually happening. After witnessing all of 1 Boda 1
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the horrific events, people wanted answers to their many questions. Who in the world you do such a thing? Why would they want to murder thousands of innocent lives? Soon after, the FBI released both the photos of the nineteen hijackers and the terrorist group they were affiliated with. Al-Qaeda. It was an Islamic extremist group that formed in late 1989. It used Islam as the motive for the attacks, claiming that the presence of the U.S. in the Middle East, and America’s support for Israel was a threat to Islam. (Blanchard). Christopher Blanchard, an analyst in Middle Eastern Affairs for congress, states that Al-Qaeda also declared that Americans were occupying the holiest places of Islam, and as a result, were terrorizing its people, and extrapolating their resources. The group quotes the holy book of Islam, the Koran, stating, “Slay the pagens wherever ye find them.” Al-Qaeda translates it, as “it is the duty of every Muslim to kill
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