September 11, 2001. While America slept…. Note the date and time. ...Mohammad Atta, ring leader of 19 hijackers, cleared security at Boston’s Logan Airport.
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While America slept…
...Mohammad Atta, ring leader of 19 hijackers, cleared security at Boston’s Logan Airport.
Atta and four partners took their places onboard American Airlines Flight 11. On command, they leapt from their seats, mutilated the crew with boxcutters and took control of the plane.
At 8:45 am, Atta crashed the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York.
People all over the United States turned on their televisions.
Meanwhile, another team of five took control of United Airlines Flight 175.
As America watched, Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower at 9:03 am.
Fire engulfed the towers. Some chose to fall to their death, rather than burn.
While visiting a Florida school, at 9:10, President Bush was told of the second crash, confirming that the country was under attack.
Ten minutes later, in Washington DC, a third hijacked plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon.
Debris from the collapse crashed down upon rescue workers, firefighters, police, and ordinary citizens.
As the South Tower fell, passengers on a fourth hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 93, heard about the WTC attacks via cell phone.
Realizing their plane would be used as a missile too, the passengers voted to fight for control of the plane in the skies above Pennsylvania.
As passengers broke into the cockpit, the plane crashed in a field outside Shanksville, PA at 10:10 am.
The plane made a huge crater, and hit so hard, that it left virtually no debris.
The first recorded casualty of the collapse was Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain with the New York City Fire Department.
"Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."
At 1:04 pm President Bush addressed the nation from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
Congressional leaders prayed with the nation…
At 6:40pm Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, General Shelton and Senator Warner, reassured the nation that the military was ready to retaliate.
“These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."
“We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts, and the nations who harbor them."
That night, at 8:30pm President Bush called the nation to fight the War on Terror.
This line said that the US will destroy governments who fail to surrender terrorists.
After all, the terrorists had attacked America’s symbols of wealth (WTC), power (Pentagon), and killed 3,000 people. Somebody had to pay…
“This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger.
This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others.
It will end in a way, and at an hour of our choosing.”
…the FBI, CIA and NSA learned that the hijackers were all trained and funded by a relic of the Cold War…
To fight against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the US taught and supplied Muslim extremists. One of those guerilla warlords, was…
Just like after Pearl Harbor, some of this patriotic hatred got out of hand.
Again, the ignorant failed to make the distinction between friend and foe:
In the days and weeks following September 11, thousands of Arab, Middle Eastern, and even Indian Americans became the target of misguided hate.
A 2003 report by the Department of Justice’s inspector general found that over a thousand Middle Eastern American citizens were arrested and jailed, in some cases for months, without:
*Being charged with a crime
*Getting access to a lawyer
*Being allowed to post bail
Many were physically, emotionally and very unconstitutionally, abused by police and prison guards.
Meanwhile, the president visited the ruins of the World Trade Center and met with relief workers. Standing at “Ground Zero,” Bush rallied nation for revenge:
“I can hear you!”
“And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear ALL of us soon!”
After visiting Ground Zero, Bush approved plans for invading Afghanistan and hunting Osama bin Laden.
On September 20, President Bush said the Taliban must either “hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate.”
The president’s ultimatum sounded great, but many didn’t know who the Taliban were, where they came from, or where Afghanistan was!
During the Soviet-Afghan War, the US trained and supplied Muslim extremists that kicked out the USSR, including:
The Taliban permitted Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorists to live in Afghanistan, train, and coordinate attacks on US targets during the 1990s.
When the Taliban refused to turn over bin Laden after 9/11, the US invaded to topple the government, capture Osama, and install democracy.
A civil war followed, and an extremist group called the “Taliban” took control in 1996.
…and helped an anti-Taliban group called the “Northern Alliance” demolish the Taliban.
Since the war in Iraq started, Afghanistan has fallen from the headlines.
In a sense, Afghanistan has become: