Why Did 9/11 Occur? What Were the Root Causes Behind This Devastating Moment in History?

Why Did 9/11 Occur? Unquestionably a tragedy for the citizens of the United States, the 9/11 terrorist attacks had an impact on people and governments worldwide, altering how nations mobilized to prevent and combat both domestic and international terrorism.

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US comprise the Five Eyes intelligence alliance. They critically examined how 9/11 affected their operations, what lessons could be learned, and how the Five Eyes had changed in the two decades following the attacks.

Why Did 9/11 Occur?

Multiple factors came together to cause 9/11. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the assassination of the Egyptian president, and the Iranian Revolution all served as catalysts for Islamic extremism.

Since the United States supports Israel and authoritarian, secular Arab regimes, that extremism has turned anti-American.

Social pressures were brought about by rising birthrates and constrained economic opportunities.

Because there were no other options for peaceful, democratic reform left by local regimes, extremist thinking embraced violence.

Weapons proliferation provided activists with the means to harm, and communications innovations enabled global publicity about their actions, which aided in the psychological warfare goal of disturbing populations in the West.

The 9/11 terrorist attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, including the 19 members of al Qaeda.

The horrific events of September 11th were widely reported on television, leaving a large portion of the world in shock.

In response, the George W. Bush administration launched an invasion of Afghanistan and established the Department of Homeland Security as part of its “war on terrorism.”

How Did Osama Bin Laden Come Into it?

Terrorists of the Islamic faith from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries were the hijackers.

They were purportedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its participation in the Persian Gulf War, and its ongoing military presence in the Middle East.

They were reportedly funded by the al Qaeda terrorist group, which is linked to Saudi wanted man Osama bin Laden.

A few of the terrorists had studied flying at American commercial flight schools and had been residents of the country for over a year.

Others served as the “muscle” of the operation, sneaking into the nation in the months preceding September 11.

Presidents Clinton and Bush used law enforcement, intelligence, and military personnel to combat the growing threat of terrorism.

But they missed bin Laden’s most daring plan to date, which involved using highjacked civilian aircraft flown by suicide bombers to attack New York and Washington, D.C.

What Was the Death Toll From the 9/11 Attacks?

Including the 19 terrorist hijackers on board the four aircraft, 2,996 people perished in the 9/11 attacks. Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and New York saw the deaths of 78 nationalities.

Two planes collided with the World Trade Center’s twin towers, resulting in 2,763 deaths.

To save the office workers who were trapped on higher floors and finish the building evacuation, 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers were among those who attempted to assist.

189 people were slain at the Pentagon, 64 of them on American Airlines Flight 77, the aircraft that collided with the structure. When Flight 93 crashed into Pennsylvania, 44 people perished.

Final Thought

We will never forget the September 11, 2001 tragedy, and its effects are still being felt today. On September 11, 2011, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum opened on the site of the former World Trade Center. It has reflecting pools in the footprints of the Twin Towers.