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18th Jan '17 5:21:16 PM dmcreif
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* The ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WhatTheyWouldntDo'' has a scene where Matt Murdock and Sarah Corrigan talk about where they were on the day of [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "The Incident"]]. It has all the feel of a "Where were you on 9/11?" conversation, and this is intentional on the author's behalf because, like 9/11, "The Incident" affected all New Yorkers in one way or another and caused a ton of destruction and loss of life while the rest of the nation/world watched.
9th Jan '17 10:47:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero or PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Movies about U.S. soldiers or spies set during this period show them using racial slurs intended towards Arabs, as well as showing politicians ramping up policies that seem to target Muslims. This is TruthInTelevision, as Muslims were subject to increased scrutiny after 9/11, including the presence of FBI and NYPD informants placed in several New York mosques. Needless to say, America's Muslim population didn't feel particularly safe. Racism against people of middle eastern descent also increased dramatically, and even Sikh Indians (who are obviously neither Arab nor Muslim) were occasionally subject to racially motivated violence. Things didn't dissipate over time, either, as DonaldTrump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States demonstrates.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero or PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Movies about U.S. soldiers or spies set during this period show them using racial slurs intended towards Arabs, as well as showing politicians ramping up policies that seem to target Muslims. This is TruthInTelevision, as Muslims were subject to increased scrutiny after 9/11, including the presence of FBI and NYPD informants placed in several New York mosques. Needless to say, America's Muslim population didn't feel particularly safe. Racism against people of middle eastern descent also increased dramatically, and even Sikh Indians (who are obviously neither Arab nor Muslim) were occasionally subject to racially motivated violence. Things didn't dissipate over time, either, as DonaldTrump's Creator/DonaldTrump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States demonstrates.
4th Dec '16 8:45:08 PM N1KF
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Given the nebulous nature of the 'war', it's hard to say when ([[ForeverWar if ever]]) it'll end. The death of [[OsamaBinLaden Osama, son of Laden]] -- in an illegal[[note]] Pakistani law, as in most countries, does not allow the government to kill its own citizens or foreign nationals within Pakistan (unless they are formally arrested by the police, charged with crimes punishable by death, found guilty at trial and sentenced to death). The Pakistani Constitution also does not allow Pakistani governments to give permission for foreign governments to kill people within Pakistan - though it can use the police to deport people from the country if so asked and the constitution does not force Pakistan to declare war against a power which does so. The first the Pakistani government heard of the assassination was when the police found a crashed U.S. helicopter in the middle of one of their cities. The USA apparently had reason to fear that senior Pakistani officials had known bin Laden's position for some time, meaning there was a possibility that they would tip him off if they knew the USA could kill him. Thus the USA decided to kill him without persuading/bribing Pakistan to keep quiet about the 'illegality' thing in advance. As it was the Pakistani government did draw public attention to the illegality of the act [[/note]] commando raid into the USA's old Cold War Ally-turned-distant-friend Pakistan in 2011, was seen by some as a sign of the war winding down. The 'Coalition of the Willing'[[note]] The USA was unable to get the authorization it wanted from the UN to topple Hussein's Iraqi regime -- it's speculated that it could have gotten one, if only the USA's president (G.W. Bush) had persevered a little longer. Thus, those who opposed the war claim the Coalition invaded the country in violation of the UN's laws regarding 'invading countries without the UN's approval' (which it says is bad/illegal). Some have said that this illegal war made a mockery of the U.N. as a tool for international diplomacy and peace-keeping, as well as making the USA look like a colossal hypocrite (as she usually opposed illegal wars instigated by anyone apart from herself). At the time the USA tried to justify their war by noting that Iraq had violated the agreements it had made with the U.N. after her defeat in the Gulf War of 1993. [[/note]] The USA, Britain, and Australia[[note]] as well as thirty-odd powers like Japan who sent a few dozen people to protect their aid-workers and a motley crew of small units sent by microstates like The Marshall Islands that are (economically and/or militarily) dependent upon the USA for their very survival[[/note]] withdrew its troops from Iraq several years ago, leaving behind a dysfunctional parliamentary democracy still marred by an unhealthy degree of civil violence and corruption. Most UN/NATO forces in Afghanistan will also be withdrawn in the next few years, and are set to leave the country in a similar condition[[note]] Interestingly, like Burma the country is still heavily reliant on the export of heroin (made from the opium poppy) and indeed produces something like 90+% of the world's Heroin; economic and educational aid hasn't been anywhere near enough for the country's services-sector take off, and Heroin-production was estimated to account for an extra 50% on top of the country's official GDP in 2006. Given this, the country's future will be decided by whoever can direct and profit from the flow of the trade -- be it warlords (as it was before the Taliban), a resurgent Taliban, or drug lords working in collusion with a weak (but hopefully strengthening) democratic government that serves their interests[[/note]].

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Given the nebulous nature of the 'war', it's hard to say when ([[ForeverWar if ever]]) it'll end. The death of [[OsamaBinLaden [[UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden Osama, son of Laden]] -- in an illegal[[note]] Pakistani law, as in most countries, does not allow the government to kill its own citizens or foreign nationals within Pakistan (unless they are formally arrested by the police, charged with crimes punishable by death, found guilty at trial and sentenced to death). The Pakistani Constitution also does not allow Pakistani governments to give permission for foreign governments to kill people within Pakistan - though it can use the police to deport people from the country if so asked and the constitution does not force Pakistan to declare war against a power which does so. The first the Pakistani government heard of the assassination was when the police found a crashed U.S. helicopter in the middle of one of their cities. The USA apparently had reason to fear that senior Pakistani officials had known bin Laden's position for some time, meaning there was a possibility that they would tip him off if they knew the USA could kill him. Thus the USA decided to kill him without persuading/bribing Pakistan to keep quiet about the 'illegality' thing in advance. As it was the Pakistani government did draw public attention to the illegality of the act [[/note]] commando raid into the USA's old Cold War Ally-turned-distant-friend Pakistan in 2011, was seen by some as a sign of the war winding down. The 'Coalition of the Willing'[[note]] The USA was unable to get the authorization it wanted from the UN to topple Hussein's Iraqi regime -- it's speculated that it could have gotten one, if only the USA's president (G.W. Bush) had persevered a little longer. Thus, those who opposed the war claim the Coalition invaded the country in violation of the UN's laws regarding 'invading countries without the UN's approval' (which it says is bad/illegal). Some have said that this illegal war made a mockery of the U.N. as a tool for international diplomacy and peace-keeping, as well as making the USA look like a colossal hypocrite (as she usually opposed illegal wars instigated by anyone apart from herself). At the time the USA tried to justify their war by noting that Iraq had violated the agreements it had made with the U.N. after her defeat in the Gulf War of 1993. [[/note]] The USA, Britain, and Australia[[note]] as well as thirty-odd powers like Japan who sent a few dozen people to protect their aid-workers and a motley crew of small units sent by microstates like The Marshall Islands that are (economically and/or militarily) dependent upon the USA for their very survival[[/note]] withdrew its troops from Iraq several years ago, leaving behind a dysfunctional parliamentary democracy still marred by an unhealthy degree of civil violence and corruption. Most UN/NATO forces in Afghanistan will also be withdrawn in the next few years, and are set to leave the country in a similar condition[[note]] Interestingly, like Burma the country is still heavily reliant on the export of heroin (made from the opium poppy) and indeed produces something like 90+% of the world's Heroin; economic and educational aid hasn't been anywhere near enough for the country's services-sector take off, and Heroin-production was estimated to account for an extra 50% on top of the country's official GDP in 2006. Given this, the country's future will be decided by whoever can direct and profit from the flow of the trade -- be it warlords (as it was before the Taliban), a resurgent Taliban, or drug lords working in collusion with a weak (but hopefully strengthening) democratic government that serves their interests[[/note]].



** An additional bit of FridgeHorror: Creator/SethMacFarlane was almost a victim of the attacks himself. He was scheduled to board American Airlines Flight 11 and was saved by both a hangover and incorrect info from his travel agent that caused him to be late to the airport. To which he makes ''several'' 9/11 jokes. There was even a joke about OsamaBinLaden smuggling WeaponsOfMassDestruction on ''Family Guy'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment around a year before 9/11 even happened]]!

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** An additional bit of FridgeHorror: Creator/SethMacFarlane was almost a victim of the attacks himself. He was scheduled to board American Airlines Flight 11 and was saved by both a hangover and incorrect info from his travel agent that caused him to be late to the airport. To which he makes ''several'' 9/11 jokes. There was even a joke about OsamaBinLaden UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden smuggling WeaponsOfMassDestruction on ''Family Guy'' [[FunnyAneurysmMoment around a year before 9/11 even happened]]!
23rd Nov '16 1:52:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Homeland}}'' is about a returned POW from the Iraqi War whom a CIA agent fears has been turned by an Islamist terrorist group.

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* ''{{Homeland}}'' ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' is about a returned POW from the Iraqi War whom a CIA agent fears has been turned by an Islamist terrorist group.
15th Nov '16 10:04:27 PM Kalmbach
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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: This trope saw a resurgence in US media after France[[note]]Germany, New Zealand, Russia and China also voiced their doubts, but the trope was more often used where the French were concerned[[/note]] refused to send troops to Iraq, arguing that they needed to give diplomacy more time and that a war would just add to the instability in the Middle-East.

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: This trope saw a resurgence in US media after France[[note]]Germany, New Zealand, Russia and China also voiced their doubts, but the trope was more often used where the French were concerned[[/note]] refused to send troops to Iraq, arguing that they needed to give diplomacy more time and that a war would just add to the instability in the Middle-East. That being said, the French did have no little experience with messy counter-insurgencies (see Algeria and Indochina) and have since been at least partially VindicatedByHistory.



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* MissionFromGodMissionFromGod: On both sides of the conflict. Along with the expected 'kill the infidels' rhetoric from the Taliban, there was a disturbing amount of reference to 'Crusades' on the part of certain American religious types.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero or PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Movies about U.S. soldiers or spies set during this period show them using racial slurs intended towards Arabs, as well as showing politicians ramping up policies that seem to target Muslims. This is TruthInTelevision, as Muslims were subject to increased scrutiny after 9/11, including the presence of FBI and NYPD informants placed in several New York mosques. Needless to say, America's Muslim population didn't feel particularly safe. Racism against people of middle eastern descent also increased dramatically, and even Sikh Indians (who are obviously neither Arab nor Muslim) were occasionally subject to racially motivated violence.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero or PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Movies about U.S. soldiers or spies set during this period show them using racial slurs intended towards Arabs, as well as showing politicians ramping up policies that seem to target Muslims. This is TruthInTelevision, as Muslims were subject to increased scrutiny after 9/11, including the presence of FBI and NYPD informants placed in several New York mosques. Needless to say, America's Muslim population didn't feel particularly safe. Racism against people of middle eastern descent also increased dramatically, and even Sikh Indians (who are obviously neither Arab nor Muslim) were occasionally subject to racially motivated violence. Things didn't dissipate over time, either, as DonaldTrump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States demonstrates.



** The anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Easterner paranoia, especially in the early years, has been likened to the anti-Japanese paranoia of World War II.

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** The anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Easterner paranoia, especially in the early years, has been likened to the anti-Japanese paranoia of World War II.II, or [[RedScare anti-Communist paranoia]] afterward.
15th Nov '16 9:24:05 PM Kalmbach
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** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' includes bombings in major population centers and other real world contemporary issues. [[spoiler:And, in true, grand Trek fashion, the proper message is that we ''cannot'' give in to our fears and devote ourselves to little more than war and militarization, even in the face of "threats". It's in the face of such things that we have to be ''even more'' noble, not less]].

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** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' includes bombings in major population centers and other real world contemporary issues.issues, such as sending the ''Enterprise'' into another government's territory to launch a bunch of missiles at a terrorist. [[spoiler:And, in true, grand Trek fashion, the proper message is that we ''cannot'' give in to our fears and devote ourselves to little more than war and militarization, even in the face of "threats". It's in the face of such things that we have to be ''even more'' noble, not less]].
27th Sep '16 2:50:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://plusev.keenspot.com/d/20061027.html See how Phil Ivey helps to win the war on terror]] in ''PlusEV''!

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* [[http://plusev.keenspot.com/d/20061027.html See how Phil Ivey helps to win the war on terror]] in ''PlusEV''!
''Webcomic/PlusEV''!
24th Sep '16 11:38:07 AM tyrekecorrea
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* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', which began principal photography a few months after 9/11, uses the slogan "united we roar". It's a fairly likely reference to the slogan "united we stand", which became a popular symbol of solidarity after the attacks.
11th Sep '16 6:37:25 AM contrafanxxx
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* PyrrhicVictory
29th Aug '16 1:12:24 PM contrafanxxx
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* ''Film/CollateralDamage'' is about a Los Angeles firefighter who travels to Colombia to seek revenge on a terrorist who killed his family in a bombing. This movie was actually affected by the 9/11 attacks.
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