Attack on the U.S. Twin Towers and U.S. Citizens of the Lusitania and the U.S. Response

Hello, my name is Dain Titus and this is my topic, the attacks on the U.S. focusing on the Lusitania and 9/11.

In this article you will read about the attacks on the Lusitania and the attacks of 9/11. They are very brief and will cover who created the attacks, why the attacks occured and what the effects of the attacks were.


Issue #1 WWI: Who created the attack on the Lusitainia?

The Germans created the attack of unrestricted submarine warfare in reaction to the British blockade that was set up to keep German ships from reaching Germany with war materials and supplies. Unrestricted meant that they could destroy any vessel, civilian or naval, at sight. The Germans were trying to avenge the British blockade by returning the favor.

Issue #1 Iraq War: Who created the attack on the Twin Towers?

Al Qaeda, a terrorist organization, attacked the Twin towers. It was an attempt to get the U.S. to declare war on Iraq. The attacks were planned.

Issue #1: Comparison

The two groups are completely different from one another. The Germans were being attacked by the British, while they were in a war. Al Qaeda wasn't in a war, nor were they being attacked. The Germans were govnment ran and Al Qaeda is a terrorist organization, so they aren't directed by a political leader.


Issue #2 WWI: Why did the Germans attack the Lusitania?

It was all by chance. The German U boat that sunk the Lusitania was ordered to travel up to the northern tip of Great Britain and back to the Irish channel from which it set sail from, while destroying any ship it spotted. The day it took off was April 30th 1915, the same day the Lusitania left New York. The German submarine under the command of Walter Schwieger, ended up running low on fuel before it made to the tip of Great Britain, so it turned around and headed back for the Irish channel. On May 7th 1915, the German submarine attempted to destroy a ship by the name of the Juno. They failed and continued on their journey crossing paths with the Lusitania that just entered the Irish channel that same day. Schwieger spotted it and destroyed it. The Lusitania had been traveling slower than it was supposed to, it ran in the middle of the Irish channel and it didn’t zig-zag. A series of events that just happened in the order they did led to the destruction of the Lusitania.


Issue #2 Iraq War: Why did Al Qaeda attack the Twin Towers?

Al Qaeda was trying to weaken our pride in a way, since the Twin Towers were are financial center. The towers also were a symbol of our country’s massive economy effects on around the world. They were trying to start a war. The attacks were planned long before they were put into action. They were enacted by Usama bin Laden, because he doesn’t like are freedom.

Issue #2: Comparison

The attacks between the Germans and Al Qaeda are complete opposites to one another. First off, the Germans had ordered a submarine to look for any vessel in the area it was traveling and destroy it. So, you could say the attacks by the Germans were random. Al Qaeda, on the other hand, took a long time to carfefully plan out the attacks it committed. They were supposed to happen the way they did. As for the Lusitania, it was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Twin Towers didn't move. They weren't like a ship where they were constantly moving. The terrorist knew exactly where they were all the time.

Issue #3 WWI: What was the of outcome the sinking of the Lusitania?

The sinking of the Lusitania angered American’s and basically set America up for war, by influencing Americans to join. It didn’t actually bring America into the war, but it increased the conflict between the U.S. and Germany. The unrestricted submarine warfare is what technically brought the U.S. into the war. The Germans broke their promise to halt it for good. So, when they ordered unrestricted submarine warfare to initiate again, the U.S. landed troops in Europe. If the Lusitania hadn’t been sunk, the U.S. may have remained neutral.


Issue #3 Iraq War: What was the outcome of the attacks on the Twin Towers?

President Bush declared the “War on Terror.” Many Americans were shocked and every American was affected by the event, in one way or another. People began to fear that something would happen to them. Airline policies became strict and secure. People all over the world started to feel uncomfortable about flying. American Airlines and United Airlines suffered, their planes were the ones that got hijacked and people didn’t trust those companies anymore.

Issue #3: Comparison

Both events have some similarities on their outcomes. The sinking of the Lusitania angered Americans and influenced them to join the war. The destruction of the Twin Towers had a similar effect. It definately angered Americans and it also made many Americans feel uncomfortable. The sinking of the Lusitania didn't actually start the war, unlike the destruction of the Twin Towers, which caused President Bush to declare the "War on Terror." The destruction of the Twin Towers caused the use of planes to decrease. The sinking of the Lusitania didn't have a real effect on travel by ship.


The attacks on the Lusitania and the Twin Towers were both events that influenced the U.S. to go to war, but one actually got the U.S. to go to war, while the other just angered Americans enough to want to join the war. The Twin Towers led to the U.S. declaring war on Iraq. The Lusitania influenced Americans to want to join World War 1. In conclusion an event, like the sinking of the Lusitania, back in the day, only angered Americans and made them want to join the war, a event similar to it today, like the destruction of the Twin Towers will start a war.


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