Terrorism in America: Pearl Harbor and September 11th

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September Eleventh;The Day It happened this is a first hand account of the day when Twin Towers were attacked. I remember the day, as if it was yesterday and I also have an account of it in my journal. September 11th was the day that ‘changed everything’. I was in English class when the announcement was made that instructed all teachers to turn on the classroom television and watch the news. The new reports, that at 8:45 a.m. a large, possibly a hijacked plane, crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers. At 9:03 a.m. a second plane crashed into the second World Trade Center tower and exploded. Images on the news channel showed both buildings burning. At 9:43 a.m. an aircraft crashes into the Pentagon and evacuation in Washington and other major cities began immediately. As the debris spread in New York ; panic, anxiety, and anger spread across the nation.

Our eyes were glued to the television and we wanted answers. As time would reveal the individuals responsible for this terrible attack. Osama bin Laden and his terrorist group of Islamic extremist, Al Qaeda (Arabic for "the Base") were to blame according to all news channels. With 2,948 people confirmed dead, 24 people missing, and 24 reported dead, the nation was ready to go to war to protect our national security, This launched the United States’ ‘War on Terrorism’. I have since researched such acts of terrorism on America and realize that this is not the first attack of its kind. Throughout my research I found striking similarities in the September 11th attacks and the bombing of Pearl Harbor . There are also similarities in the Administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George W. Bush. Throughout this paper I will compare the two events and how...