Revised Essay # 3 - Boda 1 Sushanth Boda English 125-013...

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Sushanth Boda English 125-013 Final Draft # 2 of Essay # 3 Blind Hatred 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, leaving a total of 2,976 victims dead (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 (Baylor). Many people 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, and consequently became fueled with both anger and frustration (Moore). After 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. This stereotype was created from the beliefs of a few extremists. The entire Muslim population cannot be assumes to follow the same beliefs set by the select few who use Islam for violence. Only by viewing the whole perspective, can one see the falsehood behind the current stereotype. The morning of 9/11 started off like another in the busy streets of downtown New York City, 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 the horrific events, people wanted answers to their many questions. Who in the world would do such a thing? 1 Boda 1
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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, using Islam as the motive for the attacks. It claimed 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, and states, “Slay the pagens wherever ye find them.” Al-Qaeda translates it, as “it is the duty of every Muslim to kill American everywhere”(Zaeem). Then in 2002 the leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, went on to criticize America in a formal letter. He accuses America as “the worst civilization
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