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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Remembering 9/11

                Tomorrow is September 11, the fourteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation. The attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001, “were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks” or suicide attacks targeting “symbolic United States landmarks.” 

                The weapons of choice were four passenger airliners – each of them carrying the either the name “American” or “United”.  All four of the flights originated at airports on the U.S. East Coast and were bound for California; they were each hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists.  Americans Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City; within just a few minutes United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower.  Both 110-story towers collapsed within an hour and 42 minutes.  The debris and resulting fires caused “either partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex.”

                American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, causing the Pentagon’s western side to suffer a partial collapse.  United Airlines Flight 93 was headed toward Washington, D.C., until passengers learned of the other crashes and understood they needed to take some action.  The passengers tried to take control of the airliner; they kept the hijackers from hitting their target but all people aboard the flight lost their lives in the crash into a field in Pennsylvania.

                The attacks took the lives of 2,996 people, a number that includes the 19 hijackers; the attacks also “caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage.  It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States”; there were 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers killed in the attacks.

                Most Americans will remember the attacks and the nearly 3,000 innocent people who lost their lives in the attacks and their survivors, but others are trying to distort our memories and shift the emphasis of the event.

                Just as some sources try to convince us that the Jewish holocaust did not happen during World War II, some sources are claiming our government was behind the attacks and others are distorting the event.  Some universities are allowing “America-hating leftist professors” to “systematically” indoctrinate “hundreds of college kids across the nation” to sympathize with the terrorists.”  One “freshman-level English class taught at several major universities across the country” is called “The Literature of 9/11” and “focuses almost entirely on writings from the perspective of the Islamic terrorists.”  

                I suggest that parents and grandparents be proactive and get a jump on the liberal professors by teaching the truth about 9/11 to the rising generation   Here is a site with many images of the results of the attacks.  There are pictures of the airliners actually hitting the building, the buildings burning and collapsing, the first responders, and the three firemen raising the flag plus many other images.  You Tube has numerous videos of the attacks such as this one.  Early in our history Americans cried “Remember the Alamo”; later Americans cried “Remember Pearl Harbor.”  Americans now must cry “Remember 9/11” because we must never forget this attack on Americans!

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