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Sept. 11, 2001: Day of Infamy



Attack on America: Roots from Saudi Arabia

Tuesday morning,  Sept. 11, 2001 was like any other morning that I and thousands of other people share on a daily basis. A cup of coffee in front of the early morning news on TV before heading out to work.  Flicking through the channels quickly, I came across CNN which showed Tower 1 of the World Trade Center in Manhattan on fire with deep black smoke billowing out of the windows.  At first I thought it was a fire that  had broken out on one of the top floors.  At that point, commentators were not sure what was happening. As one of the commentators babbled on, I noticed in the background a large plane approach Tower 2 and slam directly into it, erupting in a huge ball of flame. At first, I thought it was some sort of Hollywood computer generated hoax. However, quickly, this was not the case as pictures were shown of panicked and horrified people on the ground. Different angles of the plane approaching and flying directly into the Tower were truly horrific. This was deadly real and worrisome.

The following days and nights, our radio's and television's concentrated on the Attack on America. Thousands dead and wounded, lives shaken and torn forever. 

The root of the terror: as of this writing, all eyes are turned to an exiled Saudi millionaire turned radically Islamic Fundamentalist Osama Bin Laden. 

Reuters Photo


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