Publicado el 09-10-2012
Another Anniversary of
September 11, 2001
This Tuesday, September 11, 2012, marks the eleventh anniversary of the horrific attack against the United States of America perpetrated by Islamic terrorists of the al-Qaida movement. It could be said that this attack, which was actually four attacks in a period of two hours, changed the history of this country and also of the Near and Middle East.
A group of nineteen terrorists, who prepared the attacks for many months inside the United States, hijacked four inter-continental commercial flights that left the airports in Boston, Washington and Newark early in the morning. The first plane crashed against the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York, at 8:46 a.m. and minutes later another plane crashed against the South Tower. Both towers collapsed in two hours. Another plane crashed against the Pentagon in Washington and the fourth one, which was possibly going to attack the Capitol, crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at 10.03 a.m., when its passengers tried to take control of the plane from the hijackers. Almost three thousand persons died in these attacks, including 246 civilians on the planes and the nineteen terrorists. After these attacks, security measures were increased in the United States and the rest of the world to prevent similar cases.
The whole world trembled that day. As a result of the attacks, President George W. Bush, in a speech to the nation on September 20, 2001, declared the War on Terror that began with the invasion of Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored Al Qaeda including its leader Osama bin Laden. The war in Iraq came afterwards. Although officially the war in Iraq has ended, the terrorists continue to set bombs and kill civilians and military there. President Obama has promised that all combat troops will leave Afghanistan by 2014. However, an American presence will remain in both countries as military advisers.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost the United States billions of dollars, significantly affecting its economy, as well as more than four thousand deaths and more than forty thousand wounded soldiers, leaving many of them incapacitated for life.
Those who are in a position to do so should carefully analyze the 9/11 tragedy with the goal of preventing for the future a repeat of the situation that brought suffering to many countries of the world, especially the United States of America.