Is the West to Blame? Argumentative Essay by igodess1

Is the West to Blame?
An argumentative paper on whether the Western World is to blame for the events of September 11, 2001.
# 50510 | 1,588 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2004 | CA

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This paper discusses the opinion of the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, that the West must accept some responsibility for the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. It bases its arguments on factors such as American wealth, foreign policy, and handling of intelligence before September 11. It also looks at how the attacks were meticulously planned by educated individuals who were able to assimilate themselves into American culture and how the targets were long-standing symbols of American power, global dominance, and economic superiority.

From the Paper:

"Before the turn of the twentieth century, American foreign policy held a predominantly isolationist stance; reluctant to get involved in foreign affairs until absolutely necessary or until proved to be in their best interests. Early presidencies cautioned against forming permanent alliances; their thought being that America should look out for their own and distance themselves from problems overseas. The twentieth century, however would bring on new challenges for the oval office. The end of the Cold War and the beginning of rapid globalization made it impossible for Americans to isolate themselves any longer. There would form a national consensus that America, as a conscientious state, should set an example and become a domineering presence in global affairs, particularly in the area of human rights. The world had changed, hence did their foreign policy."

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