Updated: Aug 1, 2019
by Francis Ordonez-Ruiz
Terrorism is a very prevalent form of hate in the United States, with many of these acts caused by people who don’t agree with certain ideas created by the government. There are many forms of terrorism, and all of them have different causes.
One of the most known terrorist acts are the events that took place of 9/11. A group known as Al Qaeda, who hailed from the Middle East, hijacked 2 planes bound to Los Angeles and San Francisco and crashed them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
This video shows when the 2nd tower was hit. There were 2 other planes hijacked, with one of them crashing into the west side of the Pentagon in Virginia, and the 4th one, believed that the passengers on board tried to re-take the plan, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. This event was not the first, but was the worst attack on U.S. soil, killing almost 3,000 people and injuring thousands more.
Al Qaeda used these attacks to attempt to strike fear into the U.S. As in the Middle East, the United States was helping Al Qaeda enemies Israel, and the United States had troops deployed in Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda hoped that this would pressure the States to be on their side, and not mess with them.
A terrorist attack actually affected my family, as one of my cousins was there when it happened. She was affected by the Madrid Train bombing in 2004. On March 11th, 2004 it was a normal day in Madrid, Spain, until 7:37 AM when about 10 bombs went off simultaneously, continuing for a few minutes on 4 trains. The bombing caused 191 deaths and over 1,800 injuries.
This bombing was 3 days before the Spanish election, and it had a huge affect on it, as people lost confidence in the Prime Minister at the time. The government believed it was Basque terrorist group known as ETA, but it was later found that Al-Qaeda was responsible for the act. Afterward, many protests happened in Madrid, Barcelona, and other parts of Spain. The Prime Minister, José María Aznar, was outvoted in an upset by the underdog candidate José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
While my cousin wasn’t physically harmed in the Madrid bombing, it was a mental trauma for her, and it still affects her today.