It doesn't matter if Osama bin Laden is or isn't responsible for this attack, he was behind others (Embassy Bombings in Africa, USS Cole Bombing, and the World Trade Center bombing a few years ago), and he has inspired other groups to violence against the US (Khomer Towers).
I'm predicting that after September 11th, the United States are going to consider all terrorists a greater threat. Most terrorist attacks take place off United States soil, and most don't involve the amount of casulties we are expecting from the WTC. Even our home grown terrorist, Mr. McVeigh, murdered less people then the people on the planes alone.
To continue my predictions, I'll state that we'll see the following. Regimes that harbor terrorists, including the Taliban, will be held accountable for their actions. President Bush said as much, and while I don't like holding others responsible for the actions of a few, some nations have given terrorists a safe harbor to work from. This cannot continue to happen, and the only effective way to prevent that is to hold any government that aids terrorists responsible, even if that includes military action against that government.
Terrorists themselves will be more actively targeted. Its been proven that terrorists have enough organization and enough skill to hijack 3 planes successfully, and to use those planes as weapons against tens of thousands of people. Because of this, the United States will be more aggressive hunting terrorists that have attacked the United States or its citizens. It is also possible that laws will be passed that limit cooperation with any group that commits terrorists acts. Not only would this include the Arabic terrorists groups, but due to the broad wording I expect from such legislation, groups such as the IRA and the Basques seperatists, and Chechnya would be affected. We will also see more security on domestic US flights, more restrictions on carry-ons, and possibly the expansion of the sky-marshal program.
In summary, expect military action against the group found responsible and any government that harbors them (although the US may ask for the suspects to be handed over, and then resort to military action if they aren't). Also expect tighter air security on both domestic and foriegn flights. Expect terrorist attacks in the future, no matter how small or where they happen, to be dealt with more severely. Also, behind the scenes, there will be more planning on how to deal with the aftermath of terrorist attacks.
I personally feel like Bin Laden is the best suspect for the current WTC situation. He has ties behind the first attack on the WTC, which could have been catastrophic if it went off as planned. He has stated, on record, that he believes that the United States has no will to fight, that it will run away as soon as its been hurt. He doesn't fear our retaliation, his words and the first WTC attack shows us as much. He's attacked US government targets on foriegn soil (African Embassies), US non-government targets on American soil (WTC Bombing), and military ships in foriegn ports (USS Cole). He has successful fought a large country and won before (Afghanistan-USSR war), without experiencing major retaliation. But no matter who it is, all terrorist groups will suffer. Since the destruction of the WTC will set the new standards for major terrorist attacks, I don't think I can disagree with force being used against proven terrorist groups. If we can't arrest a group due to its location, and there is enough evidence that the group has commited the murder of US citizens, then I'll have to support the idea of killing those responsible on foreign soil. I don't want to have to support this, but if we cannot bring them to justice through legal means, and we has the evidence, its the only way to prevent the deaths of more innocents.
Thanks for reading this far, I didn't mean for this comment to be as long as it is, and if you read this far, congrats, you have a good attention span. I'm almost done, lets just let me add one off topic comment. Lets rebuild the WTC. Lets make it look simular to before, but we can make it the tallest building in the world once more. Some might say we are building just another target, but I think it would be a fitting memorial for those who died, and a symbol that the power of creation is greater then the power of destruction.
Just my $.02
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