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September 11 attacks September 11 attacks
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2023-09-11 07:58:05
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911a_400The September 11 attacks or 9/11, were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights.

In total 2,993 people, including the hijackers, died in the attacks. The overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 90 countries. In addition, the death of at least one person from lung disease was ruled by a medical examiner to be a result of exposure to dust from the World Trade Centre’s collapse. The United States responded to the attacks by launching a "War on Terrorism", invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, who had harboured al-Qaeda terrorists, and enacting the USA PATRIOT Act. Many other countries also strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Some American stock exchanges stayed closed for the rest of the week following the attack, and posted enormous losses upon reopening, especially in the airline and insurance industries. The destruction of billions of dollars worth of office space caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan.

The damage to the Pentagon was cleared and repaired within a year, and the Pentagon Memorial was built on the site. The rebuilding process has started on the World Trade Centre site. In 2006 a new office tower was completed on the site of 7 World Trade Centre. The 1 World Trade Centre is currently under construction at the site and at 1,776 ft (541 m) upon completion in 2011, will become one of the tallest buildings in North America. Three more towers were originally expected to be built between 2007 and 2012 on the site.




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Asa Butcher2009-09-11 15:53:25
David Sparenberg sent this poem today but it was too late to appear on the cover, so I will share it here.

Post 9/11

Praise to the Great Spirit,
To the elusive
Creator and sustainer
Of all life on this planet,
The Earth.

We know that you are;
You see that we exist!

Have mercy on the living
And even greater
Mercy on the dead.

Have mercy on all souls
Of all creatures, created
And sustained, throughout
The universe, throughout
The cosmic-body, the whole
Miracle of life, the living
Reality: the network-webwork
Of infinite threads.
We affirm your Being
Through prayer
And acts of love,
Will you confirm
The vulnerability yet tenacity
Of our difficult becoming?

As we speak to you
In adoration,
Will you respond to us
Out of silence?

As we draw near and familiar,
Will you cross and end the distance
Between us, replacing
Separation with mending,
With healing?

In praise we gather
And nothing is hidden.
Emerge from hiding
And touch us
With your divine tenderness.

In tenderness
Let our hearts and souls,
Like nut fruits out of shells,
Be cracked and broken.

To the Great Spirit,
To the Holy Person,
Overseer of all persons;
To the Holy Self,

Who guides us with freedom
To choose peace and justice,
Not violence and vengeance;
To choose understanding
And compassion,
Not ignorance, rage
And blinding malice; to respect
The Earth
And protect from waste
And unwarranted destruction
The wonderment of abundance
And the diversity
Of our created home: third planet
In the system of the sun.

Have mercy on the living
And even greater
Mercy on the dead.

Have mercy on all souls
And bring us, with our
Fears and shadows, our thirst
And our hunger, our elders
And our children,
Into the lighted
Banquet halls of truth.

Many are the paths
To the center; many are the languages
Of redemptive revelation.

In praise we gather
And nothing is hidden.
Emerge from hiding
And touch us with your tenderness:
Your hands of intimacy,
Not the gloves of custom.

The root of all
Belief is compassion.
And tranquillity is a garden
Feeding the souls
With evolution of freedom.

There is a deep democracy
Embedded in creation.

The root of all
Direction is compassion.
And trust is a candle of courage,
And as brilliant
As a new day sun.

What democracy is
Dawn to your soul?
What awareness drums
In the centerless circle
Of your heart?

To the Great Spirit,
Now and everlasting.

Have mercy on the living
-Sweet Dove of Now-
And even greater
Mercy on the dead.

From HEALING, A Book of Poetry by David Sparenberg

shahislam2011-09-11 15:15:36

Get fresh air and done with past and invent new stuffs to keep up with time of global changes in everything including jobs and trades. Did someone ever thought on expiry issue of those old swaying towers? Every destruction opens some new posibilities and opportunities!
Lets get busy on some practical businesses of the time beyond N.Y.
How can we afford to waste funds to nowhere up in the space from borrowed money in trillions of dollars, for these kinds of childish fanciful, half century old unfruitful researches of NASA?

Would you please stop these tax dollar consuming nonsense researches and feasibly spend the money into making commercial giant air-planes on the soil of North-America that will use jet engine mainly during take of the ground then will run by solar and wind powers, transporting people and goods at cheapest possible costs, although moving slowly under the sun towards West, keeping pace with the Sun's movement by intermittent thrusts of jets if and when necessary only, to minimize fuel cost that is, on top of unnecessary and avoidable expenses of airport security measures, responsible for too expensive air-fares.

And loading, unloading, maintainences of this light gigantic solar cell covered baloon type slower but stable new generation long distance Air-transporters will be done at the night time when solar power is not available.

This dream of today is possible to realize tomorrows by our North-American jobless expertise and labors (who are willing to offer hands with minimum wages to give the new program a head start in the global competition of cheapest labor) and tax dollars, even by other obtainable dollars in a positive endeavor of instantly creating jobs for millions right here and change the course of current imbalanced practices in the free trade of the world.

At the same time, we have to consider the following facts for greater purposes:

Yesterday is gone but the experience is still there, based on which we are easily capable of modifying or changing our homeland and international policies on financial matters of all kinds (until we become an united North-American super power, still securing in it, a symbolic top /highest place for the Queen of UK-for its hereditary historical role in the spreading of highly beneficial civilized law and orders, and in the future's 'New totally honest think-tank' of clearly identified 'Advisers' of Governmenhumans whose impulsive actions or reactions are not much higher than the wild animals of the jungle, therefore, total reflection of humanity's positive side has not been present on the global tapestryt Heads of North-America) in conforming with common sense driven presently developing non-violent US policies instead of old anti-bacterial-type application of of war toys against terrorism caused by some Eastern groups of individuals or God created super-animals in the form of humans whose impulsive actions or reactions are not much higher than the wild animals of the jungle, therefore, total reflection of humanity's positive side has not been present on the global tapestry!


Trent Ridder2015-09-11 15:37:58
I still do not buy into the official story that the Twin Towers came down due to fire caused by the planes crashing. Many things about this story are hard to believe.

Emanuel Paparella2017-09-11 15:11:27
Lest we forget! But let's also heed the wise words of David Sparenberg!

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