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The War on Evil

  • Renée Jeffery
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Abstract

On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists commandeered four commercial airliners and, in a coordinated attack, crashed them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and, following the courageous intervention of the passengers on board American Airlines Flight 93, a field in Pennsylvania. Killing more than 2600 people, the September 11 attacks remain the most shocking event of the, as yet, short twenty-first century. In the five and a half years that have followed, terrorists have struck a range of targets around the world. Most notably, on October 12, 2002, a series of bombs in the Indonesian beach resort of Bali killed 202 people; in March 2004, ten train bombs in the Spanish capital of Madrid, left 191 people dead; and in London, on July 7, 2005, three bombs detonated on the Underground and one on a bus at Tavistock Square killed fifty-six people. As we saw in Chapter 1, in the aftermath of each of these incidents, both the attacks and their perpetrators were roundly condemned as “evil.” Indeed, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, evil has been indelibly, though not exclusively, associated with what has become known as “mass casualty terrorism.”3

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International Relation Terrorist Attack American People Political Rhetoric Oklahoma City Bombing 
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