Ayala, Erica


Terror has multiple dictionary definitions. One thing that terror does do in any case is instill fear. Webster’s dictionary defines terrorism as “the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.” The idea is to instill fear in a specific area or group of people to change some ideological, religious, or political beliefs. This is why there is much debate in America over shootings such as Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Aurora over whether or not these acts of violence are indeed acts of terrorism.

After the 9/11 attacks here in the United States, Osama Bin Laden very clearly addressed in a “Letter to America” the motives Al Qaeda had for their acts of terror. There were clear intentions that drove them to cause much harm to America, not only to our people but to our government and social structure. In hopes to change our political standings on where our troops were and where we stood on foreign affairs, created instead a war on terror to terminate the fear instilled in every American.

Terrorist attacks such as 9/11 can do great damage to a society. Following the attack many Americans were afraid of being caught in an area that was too overpopulated or where any nationally recognized event was taking place. Terror easily gets societies to live in constant fear because of the untimeliness and randomness that leaves citizens unaware of what to expect. Following the 9/11 attacks, security measures became that much more of a priority. Being able to get on a plane with a quick pat down became a thing of the past. The Transportation Security Administration was created to secure our skies and make passengers feel safer. Many more institutions and centers created higher level security means to accommodate their fear of any arisen terror. Another important field created was the Department of Homeland Security which caused much more deportations to occur than before in hopes to keep our borders safe. Acts of terror are not necessarily what make people The issue is mainly that people create more fear within ourselves. Terrorists only have to have one act of terror, and citizens create the rest themselves.