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Why 9-11 is still a significant event today

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What makes an event significant from a historical point of view? Is it that the event has far reaching consequences? Is it that the event is remembered by a whole generation of people? An event that we will most likely tell our grandchildren children about? Is it that the event still, years on, has an effect on our everyday lives? Is it simply that the event was so shocking and out of the ordinary that it simply cannot be forgotten? Over many years, there have been events that are significant in these ways, but few posses all of these qualities, and 9-11 is one of those few. 9-11 is truly memorable, it's one of those few events when you are able to ask your friends and family, where were you when the world trade center was attacked? ...read more.


The thing that in my opinion, makes 9-11 one of the most significant events in history, is that the aftermath of 9-11 is still going on today, in the form of USA's War on Terrorism campaign. Shortly after 9-11; and following a worldwide media frenzy on the event, The united states responded to this act of "terrorism", by launching a war on terrorism; thus invading Afghanistan to depose of the Taliban, and also enacting the USA PATRIOT act. Many other nations also strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. To this day , the USA have yet to achieve their previously stated goals of "Bringing Osama Bin Ladan and Al Queda to justice" .In their attempt to achieve their stated goals, America and Britain collectively have spent over $859 Billion (�480) ...read more.


Now as a long-term affect of 9-11, we all have to prepare for our flights by what seems like an endless parade of security checks. We aren't even aloud to take our own beverages onboard and are being, in my opinion, unnecessarily put out of our comfort zones. Another thing that shows 9-11's significance is that the event is resonant; there is often comparison drawn between 9-11 and other significant events. For example, on the 7th of July 2006, there was a series of suicide bombings in London. Immediately afterwards the event was labelled as 7/7 (a reference to 9-11) and the media were relentless in drawing comparison between 9-11 and 7-7. So, when it comes to historical significance, 9-11 is undoubtedly one of the most significant events of all times, despite death tolls that are undeniably insignificant in comparison to the great wars; it could be argued that 9-11 is possibly the most significant event of all time. ...read more.

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