Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths
Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

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1.1.4 Peter Bergen on ‘the causes of 9/ 11’

To consider the impacts and consequences of 9/11, we need to first briefly consider some of the ‘causes’. In the article ‘What were the causes of 9/11’, Peter Bergen addresses and comments on some of the most widely held views and opinions of the causes of 9/11 expressed by politicians, commentators and the general public.

Activity 2 The most credible explanations

Read the section of the article [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] entitled ‘The most credible explanations [of 9/11]’.When you have finished reading this section, reveal the discussion below.


Bear in mind that Bergen’s commentary (as with the views expressed by most of the commentators you will encounter during the course of this course) is, naturally, first and foremost his opinion. Through studying this course, your opinion (provided it is evidenced by fact) will indicate an appreciation of the public debate on the issues at hand. When you are aware of alternative views to your own, and take these on board, your opinion is as valid as that of any commentator you will read. You should now briefly skim read all of Bergen’s article. We’ve included it to prompt you to think about – and not to try to memorise – some of what Bergen describes as the ‘plausible but flawed theories’ and ‘most credible explanations’ of 9/11. Again, the ways in which Bergen catalogues each opinion is only his view.

The rest of this section sets out the schedule and introduces you to the themes, issues, and subject matter you will encounter during the course of this course.

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