I saw this article a while ago and thought I’d post it
I saw this article a while ago and thought I’d post it
This is the recently constructed 9/11 memorial in honor of the thousands who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center towers. Like we discussed in class, this is a once in a generation event that everyone will remember where they were when they first heard about the attacks. I was in my 5th grade class. I still vividly remember the confusion I felt immediately after I was informed about what was happening. Much like many people, I could not believe it. But if there was one positive that resulted in so much tragedy, it was that this country was more united that I have ever seen it. There were American flags on every house and flagpole that I crossed. I remember being really proud of how we bonded as a country, even as an adolescent.
But within 13 short years, this country is very divided. The last topic of our class discussion is the future of this country; more specifically foreign policy and honestly I have no idea what our future looks like in either regard. I guess it will depend on which political party will be in power in our government because their ideals are very far apart in today’s government, and their stubbornness as well. I guess it is just disheartening as an American that our government is dysfunctional enough to have to have a shut down. I hope the best for our future and I believe everything will be fine but there are going to have to be some compromises made.
This is a picture of President Richard Nixon when he took a trip to China in 1972. This exercised what President Richard Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger called détente. Détente is the easing of strained relationships, especially in a political situation. President Nixon and National Security Adviser Kissinger didn’t care what the Chinese were doing to their own people they just cared that they were allied with the United States. President Nixon realized that China was not his enemy, the Soviet Union. Nixon realized that not all Communism was an enemy of the United States of America, just the Soviet Union (this idea was squashed by Ronald Reagan when he said that all communism is evil and needs to be eliminated).
This move by President Richard Nixon in 1972 got China out of its isolation and opened up relations between the United States of America and China. It was a bold move by Nixon and his administration. I don’t believe that this was the right move. I believe that Ronald Reagan had the better idea of all communism being evil and not just the Soviet Union. Democracy is the best and America is number one. Communism is bad.
My primary source for the class on December 4th is President Bush’s remarks immediately after hearing about the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. President Bush’s remarks were seemed very sincere and to the point to me. He started his remarks at 9:30 in the morning and ended them a minute later. The President was actually reading to a class of elementary school children in Florida when he heard of the terrible attacks. I, myself, was in the third grade when the attacks happened. They didn’t tell me about the attacks at school and I learned about it when I got back home.
I believe the remarks President Bush stated after the attacks were very appropriate and on point. In his remarks he states, “Terrorism against our nation will not stand.” At the end of his remarks he also states that there will be a moment of silence for all the victims that had fallen in the attacks. President Bush immediately flew to Washington after his remarks to lead the nation and decide what the next step will be. I will never forget September 11 and will always remember that day. September 11th, to me, is a “day that will live in infamy”.
This primary source is Osama Bin Laden’s 1998 Fatwa made on February 23 against the United States of America. The fatwa clearly states Bin Laden’s anger concerning the United States’ actions towards Islam and his intentions to correct the U.S’s wrong doings. From studying Islam I know that Osama Bin Laden was Sunni militaristic Islamic, which is rare because Sunni is usually considered the less conservative branch in Islam. The rhetoric expressed in the fatwa is heavy in Islamic passages of Allah worship and anger. All of the Islamic passages feature vengeance and action to correct in the name of Allah. The language in the fatwa articulates the anger and frustration the Muslim people are experiencing in their countries over Western pressure. There are three facts discussed in the passage that is commonly felt by Sunni Islamic militaristic on their feelings concerning the United States. First is the occupation of the U.S in holy Islamic places such as Iraq, which Osama Bin Laden was an occupant. Second is the inflicted damage on Iraqi people by “crusader-Zionist alliances” and Americans. Last is the United States continuous alliance with Israel. These three crimes “are a clear declaration of war on Allah, and Muslims.” What is interesting is that Osama Bin Laden and the other Islamic leaders say they are talking for all of Muslims, but it is obvious that Muslim minorities like the Kurds, the Lurs, and the Balochs are persecuted even though they believe in Allah and are Muslim brothers. It seems that this fatwa is a clear representation of Iraqi citizens’ anger and it is easy to rally people around a scapegoat instead of handle the situation in a controlled fashion.