In what ways, if any, did the world change in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on 11th September 2001?
September 11, 2001 is a day that can be remembered as the day that shocked not only the United States but the world as a whole. For many people around the globe this day can be remembered as a horrifying and catastrophic experience regardless of whether or not they were directly involved in the attacks on the World Trade centre and the Pentagon. There were more than 3000 deaths and around 30 buildings were damaged but up to today there are more far-reaching consequences1. It was said that these attacks changed the whole world. But is this really true? If so what are the major changes to the US and the rest of the world? Or are we living in the same old world that existed before the attacks? These are the major issues that I wish to address in my essay.
How did the attacks change the US?
It is no doubt that the occurrence of a mass-casualty attack on the American soil has greatly affected many parts of US and its hegemony in numerous aspects. 2 The attacks on September 11 have had a dramatic impact on the US foreign policy. The war on terrorism and the related and the struggle against weapons of mass destruction have become the new defining features of US foreign policy. Within this context there is a new
1. Mahopa.de, 'The world after September 11', < http://mahopa.de/dokumente/the-world-after-september-11.html> (accessed on 27 September)
2. Robert S. Litwak, 'The Imperial Republic after 9/11', in Wilson Quarterly, Vol. 26, No.3, Summer 2002, p76
willingness of US to assert its power internationally and unilaterally if necessary.