In the most audacious acts of terrorism ever known in human history, a series of coordinated suicide attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. Two of the airliners were intentionally crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Within two hours, both the buildings collapsed, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. A third airliner was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, presumably 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.
The death toll: 2,996, including the 19 hijackers, from over 70 countries.
The damage to the Pentagon was cleared and repaired within a year, and the Pentagon Memorial was built adjacent to the building. The rebuilding process has started on the World Trade Center site. In 2006 a new office tower was completed on the site of 7 World Trade Center. 1 World Trade Center is currently under construction at the site and, at 1,776 ft (541 m) upon completion in 2013, it 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. Ground was broken for the Flight 93 National Memorial on November 8, 2009, and the first phase of construction is expected to be ready for the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2011.
|Remembering all victims on 9th anniversary of 9/11|
As we pay our homage to the victims of 9/11, we need to ask ourselves some uncomfortable questions which demand our attention if we are to address the issue of terrorism, and bring about at least a semblance of normality in the world order which is now in chaos.
Should we continue to pursue a policy of appeasement instead of tackling the problems head-on? Has political correctness ever paid the desired dividends? Regime change may not be the way out, but at least more pro-active actions are required.
When terrorists do not have an iota of respect for human dignity, do they deserved to be treated and covered by laws of human rights? Do terrorists have human rights?