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The end of Al Qaeda?

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As you watch the video:

Which of these main issues does Obama address? Check the correct ones.

  • Imperialism
  • American Supremacy
  • International Cooperation
  • Past and present American sacrifice
  • Republican war tactics
  • US forces and MidEast efforts
  • Coalition forces
  • 9/11

How many times does he mention these words?

  • America
  • Al Qaeda
  • Attacks or War
  • Justice and Unity

What does Obama mean when he says?

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens.

 Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

Question: What is the dominant tone of President Obama’s speech? Give reasons and examples to support your answer.

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Comments on: "The end of Al Qaeda?" (4)

  1. Ana Paula Pereira said:

    There is no doubt that the death of Osama Bin Laden will affect the Al Qaeda, since he was the mastermind of the organization. But it does not assure the end of Al Qaeda because it is a very organized group, who has well prepared people ready to replace the leaders, takes advantage of the technology to spread their thoughts and speeches around the world and uses a powerfull instrument to manipulate people: the religion.
    Just after the announcement of Osama’s death, TVs have showed a massive group of people on the streets, mainly young people from countries as Iran, Paskistan and Iraq, who were willing to fight against the USA.
    The availabilty of the technology as a powerfull instrument to broadcast the groups’s fundamentalism and the misunderstanding interpretation of Alcorao, the muslim religion book, has been attracting followers around the world, and there is no sign of Al Qaeda will end or stop the war against the USA and their alliances.

  2. Marianna Simões said:

    However Osama represented a great leader to Alqaeda, orchestrating the 9/11 attack, I’m not quite sure his death will simbolise it’s end.
    Osama was the one who directed the attack and shed some light to the middle east mindset, based on the misinterpretations of Alcorao. But Alqaeda, to our misfortune, is a well-organized, relentless organization that will persist on destroying the USA. And as Ana Paula said, they count on many sorts of technology to spread their fundamentalism, helping them to agregate new members.
    No matter who is in charge, they will continue carving their evil deeds on the ocident.

  3. Vitelio Brustolin said:

    “The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens.”

    When Obama says that, he means that American people was attacked by al Qaeda without reason.

    ***

    “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”

    When Obama says that, he means that Bin Laden was a manipulator of Muslims, and not a leader of them. In other words: Bin Laden and al Qaeda not represent Muslims, but do this people to kill himselves.

    ***

    “Let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.”

    When Obama says that, he means that American people are thinking and acting together.

    ***

    The dominant tone of President Obama’s speech is justice. He demonstrates it speaking about reasons that did America Government to kill Obama Bin Landen. For example, when he says, in second paragraph: “…the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.”

  4. Vitelio Brustolin said:

    Times that Obama mentions the words:
    America: 10
    Al Qaeda: 12
    Attacks or War: 12
    Justice and Unity: 8

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