How Does Terrorism Affect Society

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Terrorist groups have left their imprint upon American soil, teaching the United States and its citizens the meaning of "terrorism" through horrific events and current actions. From the September 11th attacks to the current worldwide up rise of ISIS, terrorism has been an immediate and pressing concern to Americans. Terrorist groups do not just affect their territories and surrounding countries; their afflictions impact the worldwide community in various ways. The United States and its citizens are drastically affected by terrorism economically, politically, and emotionally.
The September 11th attack was the most devastating of the terrorist acts that the United States has experienced in recent years. The Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked
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The memorial has thousands of running shoes, pictures, and emotional messages and decorations on the police barricades. (Rice) “Each of the objects left at the memorial, whether giant banner or tiny scrap of paper, store-bought or handmade, was a message of love and support for grieving families and a grieving city. They were hope in material form, symbolizing the human desire to help, comfort, connect, and sustain when confronted with great tragedy.” (Boston Public Library) Many people were emotionally affected by the traumatizing attack. Many people’s loved ones were killed or injured.
The most recent worldwide terrorist affliction is happening in Iraq and Syria. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is an active terrorist group in the Middle East. “In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and desires to bring most of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its political control beginning with territory in the Levant region, which includes; Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and part of Southern Turkey.” (The ISIS
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The destruction of the Twin Towers had a huge impact of the United States’ economy. According to the FBI, “the attacks cost between $303,672 and $500,000″. (Levitt, 2002) Now, in order for the United States and other nations to protect themselves they must be aware that “International terrorism uses a variety of means to collect money from different sources in order to fund their training and plan their attacks.” (Kugel) According to “What the Boston Bombing Means for the Economy and the Stock Market” by Michael Sivy, four terrorist act categories with dramatically different economic results are: attacks on individual companies, attacks on the energy sector, attacks on the financial system and attacks on massive scale. Most incidents don’t excel to a level that would cause long-term economic damage. For example, on July 7, 2005, in London, three trains and a bus were bombed. 52 victims were killed and 700 were injured. “In response, share prices quickly fell 3% or 4% in the U.K., France and Germany. But stocks started to recover before daily trading ended. And in the U.S., the stock market actually closed higher.”

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