Essay about Terrorist Attacks And Suicide Terrorism

1066 Words Oct 12th, 2016 5 Pages
On the morning of September 11, 2001, the Islamic extremist group, al-Qaeda, hijacked four aircrafts and carried out devastating terrorist attacks on three different cities in the United States. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, one hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., while another crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The attacks stunned the country; many watched in fear as two of the World Trade Centers dissolved into rubble in lower Manhattan. Firefighters, police officers, businessmen, moms, friends, and unborn babies were all taken as a result of terrorism. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks. Since that day, the United States of America has never been the same. The 9/11 attacks are considered suicide terrorism, as those who conducted the attacks also lost their lives during it. According to Robert Pape, a professor at the University of Chicago, terrorist organizations are relying more and more on suicide attacks. For many, suicide terrorism may be a difficult concept to understand. A suicide attack can be defined in two ways, one being an attacker killing himself and another being any instance in which attacker fully expects to be killed by others during an attack (Pape 3). While it is difficult to say why the act of suicide terrorism is growing substantially, many scholars dig deep into the motivations of the individual terrorist himself. For awhile, suicide terrorists were thought to be uneducated, unemployed,…

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