9/11 World Issues

September 11, 2001

It’s unforgettable – almost even unimaginable.   It’s a story that everyone knows of, that everyone has heard; the young and the old from nation to nation.   It has changed our world, and at the time flipped it upside down.   It happened on a sunny Tuesday morning on September 11, 2001, otherwise known as the incident of 9 – 11.   Four commercial passenger jet airlines were hijacked and taken over by multiple suicidal terrorists known as the al-Qaeda.   At 8:46am, American Airlines flight 11 was flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center located in New York.   This was only the beginning of these vicious attacks.   Only minutes passed as witnesses couldn’t believe what they’ve just seen until a second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, was flown into the second tower at 9:02am.   These first two attacks established that America was under attack without any warning.   American Airlines Flight 77 headed toward Washington, DC was flown into the Pentagon at 9:37am, the headquarters of America’s military operations.   United Airlines Flight 93, the final plane to be hijacked, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania at 10:03am.   The passengers on this flight regained control of the plane and died as heroes.   It is still unknown where the plane was originally headed.  
In the time span of 102 minutes, US Airspace was closed down completely.   Within two hours after the crash of the Twin Towers, both completely collapsed.   Nearly 3,000 victims and the 19 hijackers died in the attacks, along with 184 people killed in the attacks on the Pentagon.   Citizens from more than 90 countries were lost in the attacks on the World Trade center, making this a world-wide event affecting almost everyone.   There were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York who died while performing rescue operations.  
Along with the two Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, a number of buildings at and around the site were damaged or completely destroyed.   Most...