Social Effects of Terrorism Essay

Social Effects of Terrorism September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks. The 9/11 attacks had immediate and overwhelming social effects upon the United States population. Gratitude toward uniformed public-safety workers, and especially toward fire-fighters, was widely expressed in light of both the drama of the risks taken on the scene and the high death toll among the workers. Many police officers and rescue workers elsewhere in the country took leaves of absence to travel to New York City to assist in the grim process of recovering bodies from the twisted remnants of the Twin Towers.

Blood donations also saw a surge in the weeks after 9/11. Numerous incidents of harassment and hate crimes were reported against Middle Easterners and other “Middle Eastern-looking” people, particularly Sikhs, due to the fact that Sikh males usually wear turbans, which are stereotypically associated with Muslims in the United States. There were reports of verbal abuse, attacks on mosques and other religious buildings (including the firebombing of a Hindu temple) and assaults on people, including one murder; Balbir Singh Sodhi was fatally shot on September 15. He, like others, was a Sikh who was mistaken for a Muslim.

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Apart from this, many children & people started felling unsecured about their lives. Muslims basically started facing a lot of problems after the 9/11 attacks. War in Afghanistan Due to this attack people of Afghanistan suffered a lot, previously due to the attack of former USSR (Russia) they faced many problems. The ratio of crimes, drug use was very common in the Afghan society after the attack. Afghan National’s starting leaving their country due to non-availability of security, good life etc. The Afghan Society is nowadays called as the most troubled nation in the world. London bombing, 2005

Although there were security alerts at many locations, no other terrorist incidents occurred outside central London. Suspicious packages were destroyed in controlled explosions in Edinburgh, Brighton, Coventry, and Darlington. Security across the UK was raised to the highest alert level. Many other countries raised their own terror alert status (for example: Canada, United States, France, and Germany), especially for public transport. For a time US commanders ordered troops based in the UK to avoid London. Police sniper units were reported to be following as many as a dozen Al Qaeda suspects in Britain.

The covert armed teams were under orders to shoot to kill if surveillance suggested that a terror suspect was carrying a bomb and he refused to surrender if challenged. It was initially rumoured, incorrectly, that a man was found in Canary Wharf (London) armed with a bomb but he was shot down by a sniper before he could carry out any attack. For most of the days after the attack, central London’s public transport system was effectively crippled because of the complete closure of the underground system, the closure of the Zone 1 bus networks, and the evacuation of Russell Square.

Bus services restarted at 4 p. m. the same day, and most mainline train stations reopened shortly after. Tourist river vessels were pressed into service to provide a free alternative to the overcrowded trains and buses. Thousands of people chose to walk home or make their way to the nearest Zone 2 bus or train station. Most of the Underground apart from the affected stations restarted the next morning, though some commuters chose to stay at home.