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Chomsky V Friedman The events of September 11th 2001 evoked many different reactions and sparked diverse conversations within the United States One of the major topics to emerge from the rubble was What did we do to deserve this Although many people asked it earnestly wanting to know and others asked rhetorically implying that we did not do anything to deserve this Even though both Thomas Friedman and Noam Chomsky ask the question What did we do to deserve this in response to September 11th Friedmans reaction is defensive vengeful and anti-Muslim while Chomskys is introspective constructive and compassionate After September 11th Thomas Friedmans writings were very defensive of the USA He firmly believes that the terrorists were envious of Americas power and wealth At one point he states Middle Easterners envy the sense of ownership that Americans have over their own government they envy its na optimism its celebration of individual freedom and its abiding faith that the past wont always bury the future His writings imply that they feel inferior as though their attacks were a way of taking out their frustration with not being able to succeed in the system imposed on them by the US In his article he gives no responsibility to the US for what happened on September 11th Friedman is of the opinion that America has done nothing wrong Since America has been so unfairly attacked Friedman makes it clear that revenge must be taken The guilty must be punished for their crimes He insists that the destruction of the World Trade Center was the Pearl Harbor of World War III and that America needs to realize this Friedman talks at length about how the terrorists will be tracked down what the best way is how the US can be most successful in exterminating this threat to its society He states Unless we are ready to put our best minds to work combating them--the World War III Manhattan
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