September 11 and the War on Terror ‘examines the September 11 attacks and their aftermath
André card: I whispered in the president’s ear, “America is under attack.
In the flashback, it shows then-US President George W Bush listening to Chief of Staff Andrew Card tell him that a second plane has crashed into the World Trade Center. Bush was reading with a group of children at Emma E Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., During the September 11, 2001 attack.
This is a scene from the Netflix docuseries “Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror”, which takes a closer look at the event that changed the world in so many ways 20 years ago.
Directed by Brian Knappenberger, the series documents the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, from the perspective of Al Qaeda’s roots in the 1980s to America’s forceful response – both at home and abroad.
The series consists of five episodes and each episode features a wide range of interviews with survivors of the attack – US officials, former CIA members and veterans, as well as Afghan National Army soldiers, commanders. Taliban and Afghan officials, warlords and civilians.
However, what the show does not describe is how the people who lost their loved ones in the attack are still suffering, what the soldiers are going through, or what social reform the United States has actually been able to do in Afghanistan.
In many scenes, the interviews seemed dramatized rather than genuine. Episode 5, “Graveyard of Empires,” raises sincere questions about collateral damage, US drone strikes and the killing of innocent people.
Pakistani Member of Parliament Hina Rabbani Khan took a strong stand against the drone strikes and in the documentary said: “The drone strikes caused collateral damage that reached thousands of people. Okay, what do you see as a legitimate target? And you know, ultimately, if you take all the fluff out of it, it was any man that was over a certain age, and under a certain age, was a good target. “
The docuseries depict explicitly violent scenes of fighting, casualties and war that only underscore the horrors of what the war has done to Afghanistan. But that only shows the tip of the iceberg.
The film ends with an important question about the search for peace and what it costs in human lives.
This is a mean docuserie to bring back the agonizing memory of the 9/11 attacks and how they changed the world while maintaining their relevance even in the recent period of international politics.