The Twin Towers was the name most people referred to 1 World Trade Center (the North Tower) and 2 World Trade Center (the South Tower). These two buildings, along with 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 World Trade Center, comprised the World Trade Center complex, which stood in lower Manhattan, in New York City until September 11, 2001. The total cost of the complex was $400 million. When the Twin Towers, designed by Minoru Yamasaki and Emery Roth, were opened on April 4, 1973, they were the tallest buildings in the world, standing 110 stories.
On September 11, 2001, in arguably the most horrific act of terrorism ever committed in a single day, members of al-Qaeda, an Islamist militant group that was founded by Osama bin Laden, flew a Boeing 767 jetliner into each tower. One hour later, the South Tower had collapsed followed a half hour later by the North Tower. By the end of this ghastly day, 7 World Trade Center had also collapsed, leaving 2,753 people dead and many more injured. All other World Trade Center buildings were later demolished due to being damaged beyond repair.
In the coordinated terrorist attack on that fateful Tuesday morning eleven years ago, nineteen members al-Qaeda hijacked a total of four planes. One of the four crashed into the Pentagon, located in Washington, D.C., the fourth plane crashed in a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers, who learned of the other hijackings via cellphones, attempted to retake control of the plane. All told, nearly three thousand innocent people lost their lives that horrendous day.
I know a great many Americans will disagree with me, however, I find it troubling that there has yet to be any serious national debate concerning why we were attacked on that apocalyptic day. Though most Americans will strongly dispute it, Osama bin Laden did give a reason for the attack, that being the presence of American troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, the most holy of land in the Islamist religion. American troops, infidels to many if not all Muslims, were still stationed in Saudi Arabia ten years after the first Gulf War ended. We must not forget that this nation armed bin Laden when he was in Afghanistan fighting the former Soviet Union during the 1980s. This nation has a very long history of leaving behind its military troops long after a war has ended.
The United States is still engaged in the two longest wars in its history, that being Iraq and Afghanistan, which are both a direct result of the September 11th terrorist attack. Yet, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney threatened to attack both Iran and Russia during his recent acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. It is America’s foreign policy that a great many citizens throughout the world greatly despised.
Steven H. Spring