In 2001, after the infamous terrorist group attacked America by completing their terrorist act known as the 911 incident, President George Bush signed, thus approving and putting in action, the USA PATRIOT ACT. This Congress act is actually a ten-word abbreviation. The actual title is “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism ACT of 2001” Although nobody has the proof needed to connect the attack of 911 with any nation, Islamic or non-Islamic, creating such Congress act is regarded as an approved move by many countries.
The influence on the U.S citizens.
Once the state declared that Islamic terrorist group was behind the attack on 911, the entire nation was engulfed with patriotic feeling, ready to do all that is necessary to defend the country against the foreign threat. The Younger part of the population, as well as a large number of veterans, charged to serve the country and join the military. This led to an alarming increase of soldiers in the United States Armed Forces branch USMC. There are numerous theories about the identity of people responsible for 911 attacks, and some include the U.S government and its delegates being involved in organizing an attack to boost the patriotism and direct their citizens towards attacking Islamic countries for the profit of the government. Whether people were blindfolded and sent to war against a county that was or was not involved in 911 attacks or solely choose to believe that their country is in need “good soldiers” to defend against a foreign threat there is no doubt that the explanations of the attacks influenced U.S citizens.
Shortly after the attacks, lawmakers were quick to change the law and allow a nearly infinite budget to the U.S Military and the Pentagon in order for them to easily eliminate any attempt of a terrorist attack on the U.S soil. So the impact of 911 attacks on American patriotism is evident where rules that were created to shape the country were changed all in an effort to provide protection against a threat behind which was unknown country. The country believed to be behind the attacks was Iraq, and the U.S did not, in any case, use this attack as an excuse to rob the country of their natural wealth (oil and gas) with military forces.
Media and disinformation.
The fact that there were around 3000 civilians killed in the attacks, and more than 6000 others injured, only enhanced the patriotism streaming in U.S citizens. The media started transmitting information regarded the attack and continued to do so long after the attack was over, thus triggering a sense of empathy that as a result created increase in patriotism amongst the U.S citizens.
There is a big difference between patriotism and nationalism, where one describes a person’s belief in his country and is proud of countries past actions, and the other is only blind arrogance, fear, and anger created by believing in your country no matter what atrocities it does.