The Tragedy of September 11
Reminiscence can be sweet or solemn, but either way, it is only the cry when September 11 comes in one's mind. September 11, 2001 was so ugly; so frightening that even naming the day is daunting. Repeatedly, the World Trade Towers are compared to Pearl Harbor, but September 11, 2001 was very different from December 7, 1941. It was an act of war, but it is a different war than we have ever seen before. There are no historic precedents for US government to use as a guide for the response. Anyway, it has several lasting impacts on the minds of the American people and on humanity as a whole.
The September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack (colloquially referred to as Nine-eleven and 9/11 for the US date format) was the deadliest act of terrorism in the United States, and among the deadliest single events of asymmetric warfare in history.
In the morning, beginning at about 8:45, a series of terrorist attacks destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center and severely damaged the Pentagon. Commercial airliners were hijacked and flown directly into the three buildings. The first crashed into the North tower at 8:45, and about 18 minutes later the second airliner hit the South tower. At about 9:40, a third airliner crashed into the Pentagon. At about 9:58, the South tower collapsed, followed by the North tower at 10:28. Hence, two planes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, and one was crashed into the Pentagon (U.S. military headquarters) in Washington, D.C. Both towers of the World Trade Center subsequently collapsed, and part of the Pentagon was destroyed in the ensuing fire. The fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers and crew tried to retake control...