Nineteen terrorists took control of four planes, deliberately flew two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon with the third and crashed the fourth in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers resisted and made it impossible for them to complete their mission.

In a span of just few hours, more than 3000 innocent people hailing from 115 other countries lost their lives. September 11, 2001 was a dreadful tragedy after which new International relations emerged.

Terrorists continue to be outliers with limited appeal at best. They can destroy but not create. Whatever happened can be described as a shot across the collective American consciousness by the people angry with US foreign policy towards non-Christian and non-Jewish nation-states in the Middle East. They intended to incept fear in Americans.

Former Democratic congressman from Indiana Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission report, said, “Americans should be reassured to know that there is no credible or specific information about a terror attack tied to the 9/11 anniversary. But today’s threats are so difficult to detect because they’re often unknown to law enforcement.”

“The threat has become more spread out, more difficult, more means could be used,” said Hamilton, who currently co-heads the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center, which plans to release a report on the terror threats to the US.

The terror threat to the US is different than what it was 12 years ago. In 2001, there was persuasive intelligence about a terror plot, but that information wasn’t shared with the right people. Today, the threat is more diffuse. Cyber attacks threaten to disrupt major US operations in the government and the private sector.

Officials are concerned about retaliatory shut down if Obama moves forward with plans to use military force against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, which the administration condemns for the death of 1,429 in a chemical weapons attack on August 21 near Damascus. Assad regime blames the episode on rebels who have been seeking to overthrow his government.

Now that the Cold War had ended, the Global war on Terrorism has been initiated.  We want to find out ways which would make us less vulnerable with regard to activities, which are inclined towards the negative side of the spectrum. Terrorism must lose its legitimacy among those who have historically supported or tolerated it before it.


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