The World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, are considered a defining moment in the 20th century by many circles. The event shocked the world, as it was a sudden and brutal attack on the United States, a country that was loosely seen as invincible by many other countries around the world.
While the most profound effects of the attack were felt within the United States, the aftermath also affected the rest of the world. US allies had immense sympathy, and many followed America it’s ‘War on Terror’.
Countries like Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded by the United States following the attacks, starting a very long conflict in the Middle-East and destabilising the region. While the attack killed almost 3000 people on the day it happened, the aftermath is connected to many more deaths around the world.
One of the main ways that people outside America felt the impact of September 11 was in the overhauling of airport security. Because the attacks were carried out on hijacked planes, the nature of airport security changed forever. Now many people cite American airport security as unnecessarily overzealous, especially when research shows that reinforcing cockpit doors was the only practical security response to come out of the attacks.
One of the most unfortunate fallouts from the attacks in the time after is the increase in Islamophobia (fear of Muslims) that occurred worldwide. Because the attacks were carried out by a fundamentalist Islamic terrorist group, many began to inherently distrust all Muslims and people of Middle-Eastern descent in general.
It was a big shock for Americans, especially those who were children at the time. It cemented the fact that there were things that nobody could protect your from, no matter where you are and who you are.