Calm Before the Storm

“Instilled in the Americans was the illusion of an open and global society — a society considered to contain the world.”

I think this quote by Lugo perfectly summarises the atmosphere of calmness that speed over the US prior to the 9/11 attacks, and later served to intensify the horror of these attacks.  Indeed, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, America emerged as the victor of the Cold War, and became the sole remaining superpower on the international arena. By the turn of the 20th century, the world was becoming accustomed to the newly formed unipolarity in global power distribution, which in turn created a false sense of security and untouchability of the US. Fuelled by the emergence of the Internet and a rise in globalisation rates, America’s cultural influence  increased dramatically and added to its already dominant military and economic positions. Popular discourse was that American ideology and expanding sphere of influence were capable of binging peace to the global society. 9/11 attacks proved this conviction wrong, which made their cultural impact even more horrifying.


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