9/11, 19 Years Later
On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaida terrorists from various countries in the Middle East and Asia hijacked four airplanes and purposefully crashed them. Two airplanes hit the “Twin Towers” in New York City, one hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and one did not reach its target of the White House because the passengers stopped the terrorist pilots. This plane crash-landed in a field in Pennsylvania. Because of the 9/11 attacks, approximately 3,000 civilians were murdered and America fully entered into the War on Terror.
The terrorists who committed these attacks were part of an international organization called Al-Qaida, a radical Islamic organization. Al-Qaida does not control a country, but its members live in many parts of the world, including the United States of America. These terrorists hate America because the United States supports Israel’s right to exist, and because America represents freedom. Israel is a Jewish country, and the Al-Qaida organization hates Jews. Osama bin Laden was the head of Al-Qaida. He demanded that the U.S.A. stop supporting Israel, and that we remove all of our soldiers from the Arabian Peninsula.
In 2001, Al-Qaida had most of its bases in Afghanistan, a country of Asia. Afghanistan was ruled by a political party called the Taliban. Like Al-Qaida, the Taliban was very extreme in its Islamic beliefs. The Taliban did not allow girls to study or women to have a job. Women had to wear a black robe called a burqa that covered their entire body. When a girl under Taliban control becomes a woman, the Taliban mutilates her body to permanently mark her as less than a man. If you had a book or a newspaper that the Taliban didn’t like, the Taliban soldiers might torture or kill you. If it was thought you were an Afghani Christian, the Taliban would execute you. If you belonged to a minority group, you could be tortured. Punishment for homosexuality or for infidelity for a married woman was execution. The Taliban and Al-Qaida worked, and work, together.
After the attacks on 9/11, President Bush demanded from Afghanistan/The Taliban that it hand over Osama bin Laden to the United States of America. The Taliban refused, and the U.S. launched a war. The Taliban lost the war and the U.S. helped the Afghans establish a republic. The Taliban is still fighting, though. The U.S. has soldiers in Afghanistan and is fighting the Taliban with the Afghan people. At 18 years, the war in Afghanistan has become America's longest war, but by no means it is America's deadliest war.
In 2001, Saddam Hussein was the dictator of Iraq, and the world believed that he was supporting terrorists and that he had dangerous weapons. It was feared he would give terrorists a nuclear bomb or poison gas or some other weapons that the terrorists would then use against Americans. Saddam Hussein threatened the U.S., attempted to kill President George H.W. Bush in a visit to Kuwait, and had defied 16 United Nations resolutions to come clean on his making dangerous weapons. The United States Senate gave President George W. Bush authority to use force to remove Hussein, and he used it. The U.S. launched a war against Hussein, removed him, and established a republic. The Iraqi people tried and executed Hussein as a mass murderer.
President Obama became the leader of the U.S. in 2009 and continued the fight against terrorists in a different way than President Bush. He stated that he wanted the U.S.A. to lead from behind and to disengage in the war in Afghanistan and in Iraq. However, he continued ordering the killing of terrorists. In 2011, he gave the order for Navy Seals to kill the leader of Al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden.
President Obama ordered American soldiers out of Iraq. After the American retreat from Iraq, another terrorist organization, called Daesha (or also ISIS) conquered much of Iraq and Syria. ISIS instituted Sharia Law, the same law that the Taliban ruled with in Afghanistan. Over 1 million refugees fled ISIS and immigrated, mainly to Europe. Some of these refugees are terrorists and have killed Europeans. Once it became clear that ISIS was a threat to Iraq and American interests, President Obama sent American soldiers back into Iraq.
President Trump has continued the fight against terrorists in Iraq, and also has continued the fight against terrorists in Afghanistan. Different from President Obama, Trump has allowed the American military to fully engage the terrorists and be more aggressive. In early 2018, the United States and its allies defeated ISIS in Iraq and Syria. As of today, ISIS holds no territory, cannot collect any taxes, and does not control any oil fields. However, the Taliban is still very active in Afghanistan, killing Afghanis and American soldiers. Although the terrorists do not hold territory, they still are a mortal threat.
American soldiers risk their lives each day fighting radical Islamic terrorists who made a promise to kill Americans. We remember September 11, 2001, as a day of mourning for those innocent civilians killed on American soil and as a day that changed how Americans fight terrorists around the globe.
From the Classical Historian writers and family, we salute members of the United States armed forces, we give thanks for your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your families, and we pray and hope for complete victory over enemies of freedom in the War on Terror, the radical Islamic terrorists. We also give thanks to those teachers and writers who publish the truth about those who aim to kill, torture, and defeat the United States of America and her allies.
1. Who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.A?
2. Who are the Taliban?
3. How did the U.S. respond to these attacks in Afghanistan?
4. Why did the U.S. attack Iraq?
5. What happened after President Obama took U.S. soldiers out of Iraq?
6. What is the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan?
7. Who are the terrorists trying to take over Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan? What do they believe in?
8. What has happened to ISIS since President Trump began his presidency?
9. Is the War on Terror over for the United States of America?
10. What is the best way for America to end the War on Terror?
9/11/2018 09:29:35 am
Thank you for offering these wonderful lessons to ensure our history is not lost! They are a true blessing.
9/11/2018 11:17:37 am
9/11/2018 11:52:30 am
Thank you so much for this concise, helpful summary! I used it to talk to my sons and found it enlightening myself.
9/11/2018 12:52:42 pm
Thank you! It was very difficult to find a good documentary for my kids that wasn't so slanted to the left. I appreciate your summary. We are going to use this tonight after dinner as a way to reflect on the history of 9/11.
9/11/2018 01:02:53 pm
9/11/2018 01:05:17 pm
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9/11/2018 01:14:25 pm
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9/11/2018 02:16:36 pm
This was a very interesting article, overall I thought this article was pretty meaning full.
9/11/2018 02:18:37 pm
9/11/2018 06:00:18 pm
Thank you for this unbiased retelling of the 9/11. Facts get so twisted now days it is hard to find the facts to teach our children.
9/11/2018 06:08:34 pm
9/11/2018 06:29:05 pm
thank you this was very helpful
9/11/2018 08:00:50 pm
Thank you for sharing this again today. We have your Federal Holidays book. We used this today, but I also printed this off and will put it between Labor Day and Veteran's Day in the book so I'll have it handy for next year.
9/11/2018 09:36:42 pm
I like the website it made learn some more thing that I did' t know about the 9/11.
9/12/2018 05:05:30 am
This is concise, unbiased, and does quite an excellent job of clarifying the timeline of events that 9/11 spurred. I appreciate the time & effort that went into this and especially your willingness to make it available to us. We will use this with our kids. Thanks so much!
9/13/2018 09:28:57 am
Thank you for making this free lesson. I was looking for something to teach my kids with. It is a difficult topic, but necessary for all Americans to know what happened that day and to never forget. God Bless!
9/11/2019 05:13:31 am
Thank you! This is very helpful.
9/11/2019 08:08:39 am
I hope you continue these lessons. I incorporate them into our home school curriculum no matter what we are studying. Thank you for your time and effort.
9/11/2019 08:18:36 am
Wow I’m shocked this article is full of bias statements you kept stating radical Islamic terrorist I thought your approach is to be neutral an state the facts. When the whole Muslim world clearly state that these people actions has nothing to do with the religion in fact what they did takes them out from being part of the faith. You should refer to them as radical terrorist group they are threat to all American Muslim and non Muslim you failed to mention how many Muslims where hurt and murdered by this group. The article contains many other biased statements.
9/11/2019 01:29:04 pm
Not to mention Islamic Holy war, which was being practiced since the religion's inception (about five hundred years before the crusades) and has continued to this day (thirteen hundred years later).
9/11/2019 03:26:34 pm
Dear Homeschool Mom,
9/12/2019 12:30:57 pm
Thank you Homeschooling Mother, for taking the time and effort to reply with factual truths to Homeschool Mom's inaccuracies. Mr. DeGree's article is indeed unbiased and fact based.
9/11/2019 09:08:33 am
thank for this read of the attack (; :D
9/11/2019 11:35:34 am
thank you mr.de gree
9/11/2019 11:42:23 am
thank you mr.de gree best teacher ever
9/18/2019 07:07:17 pm
There are too many factual errors and half-truths here for me even list them all. Examples from the first few paragraphs:
9/20/2019 06:52:18 am
I feel the same way too Julie I will be removing my self from his mailing list as well
Kenia I Seong
9/11/2020 09:13:48 am
Thank you so much for offering these lesson. There are so helpful in teaching our children the real truth, and the values upon which our country was founded.
9/11/2020 11:05:17 am
Rolando Vaca Sr.
10/2/2020 04:01:49 pm
A honorable and worthy lecture you have presented. I remember 9/11 and i will never forget the people America lost and the soliders who fought and died for our blessing country. I am truly proud of my older brother who served in 2003, God bless america.
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John De Gree writes the current events with a look at the history of each topic. Articles are written for the young person, aged 10-18, and Mr. De Gree carefully writes so that all readers can understand the event. The perspective the current events are written in is Judeo-Christian.
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