The September-11-2001 attacks made the cover pages and the main story of most British newspapers the following day.
The Times is one of the most important newspapers in the United Kingdom and the world. According to Encyclopedia Britannica it is “one of Britain’s oldest and most influential newspapers. It is generally accounted with The Guardian, and “The Daily Telegraph”, one of Britain’s “big three” and has long been recognized as one of the world’s greatest newspapers.”. In the case of the “Afghan War” the media plays an important role. Afghanistan, and Britain, are situated on two different continents with almost no recent relations(historic or political) between the two countries. The British people could only rely on the media to get their information on George Bush’s response to the September-11 attacks and the role Britain was to play .
A Gallup poll released on September-20-2001, gave information, on the British public attitude, regarding the September -11-2001 attacks. The level of support that the British people wanted to show is clearly expressed in the text below.
“Fully two-thirds (70%) of Britons polled on September. 17-18 said that the United States and its allies should be prepared to take military action against countries believed to be giving aid and comfort to terrorists associated with last week’s attacks. Nearly half said they would favor such action even if it meant that substantial numbers of British troops would run the risk of being killed or wounded (48%) or that there would be substantial civilian casualties in countries like Afghanistan (47%).”
By September-18-2001 Tony Blair had full support of the media, the British Parliament, and his people. Yet no official announcement had been made of the type of response or of the scale of the response.