What lasting difference did 9/11 make to the US and Middle East?

While the 2001 attacks killed several thousand people, the ‘endless wars’ that the US subsequently launched killed many more

6th September, 2021
What lasting difference did 9/11 make to the US and Middle East?
‘Some 20 years after 9/11, the problem of terrorism remains, and terrorists may feel emboldened to try again.’ Picture: Robert Clark

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were a horrific shock. Images of trapped victims leaping from the Twin Towers are indelible, and the intrusive security measures introduced in the wake of the attacks have long since become a fact of life.

But skeptics doubt that it marked a turning point in history. They note that the immediate physical damage was far from fatal to American power. It is estimated that the United States’ GDP growth dropped...

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