9/11: 20 Years On From The Day The World Stood Still.

DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AIMS TO PROVIDE GENUINE INSIGHT TO ANYONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT THE EVENTS OF 9/11 ON HOW THE DEVASTATING ATTACKS OCCURRED.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON TERRORIST INCIDENTS IN THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED AFTER 9/11 IS BELOW.

IF THIS ARTICLE POTENTIALLY CAUSES OFFENCE, I SINCERELY APOLOGISE. 

OFFENCE IS NOT INTENTIONAL AT ALL.

I WANTED TO TREAD VERY CAREFULLY WHILE WRITING THIS AS I DON’T WANT TO DISRESPECT THE VICTIMS, BUT TO HONOUR THEIR MEMORY BY REFLECTING ON 9/11 & THE LIVES LOST, INCLUDING AFTER 9/11.

I WANT THIS TO EDUCATE & INFORM ANYONE ABOUT THE EVENTS OF 9/11 & THE TERRORIST ATTACKS IN THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED.

I WANT THIS TO PROVIDE A RESPECTFUL UNDERSTANDING OF HOW 9/11 CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY AND HOW IT RESULTED IN THE PREVENTION OF FURTHER TERRORIST INCIDENTS FROM TAKING PLACE.

EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO HELP THE FUTURE GENERATIONS UNDERSTAND AND GAIN BETTER KNOWLEDGE AND GENUINE INSIGHT INTO THE EVENTS OF 9/11 AND HOW WE, AS A WORLD, CAN PREVENT FURTHER INCIDENTS FROM OCCURRING.

EDUCATE, PLEASE DON’T HATE.

Twenty years on from the day the world stood still, it’s a painful day in the United States of America’s history that everyone will never forget.

On September 11 2001, the world watched in horror as the North Tower of The World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan was struck by the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, at 8:46 AM, which departed from Logan International Airport at 7:59 AM, followed by the South Tower, which was struck by the United Airlines Flight 175 at 9:03 AM, which left at 8:14 AM.

The 9/11 attacks were a series of four coordinated attacks by the militant terrorist group al-Qaeda, in which four commercial airlines which travelled from the northeastern of the United States were hijacked mid-flight by al-Qaeda terrorists.

American Airlines Flight 77, which departed from Dulles International Airport at 8:20 AM, was hijacked whilst over Ohio, and at 9:37 AM, crashed into the west side of the American Military Headquarters, The Pentagon, resulting in a partial collapse of the building’s side. 

The final flight, United Airlines Flight 93 that departed at 8:42 AM from Newark International Airport, which attempted to fly in Washington, D.C.’s direction, was the only flight not to hit its intended target, which instead crashed into a field in Pennsylvania near Shanksville at 10:03 AM.

The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed at 9:59 AM after burning for approximately 56 minutes, followed by the North Tower shortly after, which collapsed at 10:28 AM after burning for around 102 minutes.

7 World Trade Center collapsed entirely at 5:21 PM after the East Penthouse crumbled due to the uncontrolled fires that caused structural failures.

Investigators determined that United Airlines Flight 93’s target was either the U.S. Capitol or The White House, as the plane’s passengers attempted to regain control of the aircraft away from the hijackers, which ultimately resulted in the flight’s diversion from the intended target.

The final death toll of the catastrophic and devastating events of 9/11 was 2,996 (2,977 victims and 19 al-Qaeda terrorists).

Altogether, 25,000 people suffered injuries as a result of the horrific attacks, and the long-term health consequences that followed see 9/11 remain one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in history, and the single most fatal incident in the United States’ history, which saw law enforcement officers and firefighters killed, 340, and 72, as a result.

Since 9/11, various memorials have completed construction; this includes the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia, the Flight 93 National Memorial, located at the Pennsylvania crash site, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

Twenty years on, there is a moment of silence and tranquillity reflective on everyone worldwide as the world reflects on the devastating events of 9/11, which brought everything and everyone to a standstill.

Since 9/11, how have the catastrophic attacks on September 11 2001, changed the course of public safety everywhere?

Everyone around the world felt the effects of 9/11. 

It prompted a call to action to tighten security measures everywhere as government buildings, office skyscrapers, and public transport saw the installation of CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television), including in shopping centres and supermarkets.

Since 9/11, terrorist attacks took place in London; the 7th July 2005 terrorist attack, referred to as 7/7, was a series of coordinated suicide attacks that targeted commuters who travelled on the city’s public transport network during the morning’s rush hour.

7/7 saw four terrorists separately detonate homemade improvised explosive devices with triacetone triperoxide packed into backpacks; the fourth being another IED later detonated on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square.

The train bombings occurred near Aldgate and at Edgware Road on the Circle Line, including the Piccadilly Line going near Russell Square.

52 UK residents of 18 different nationalities were killed, with more than 700 injured in the attacks, making 7/7 the UK’s deadliest terrorist incident since the 1988 bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 near Lockerbie, as well as the country’s first suicide attack.

On Friday 13th November 2015, at 9:15 PM, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks took place in Paris, France and the city’s northern suburb, Saint-Denis, during an ongoing football match in which the terrorists failed to gain entry to the stadium.

Around 416 people were estimated to have suffered injuries, 137 died, 7 out of 9 were the perpetrators, and the Paris attacks were the deadliest in France since World War II and the deadliest in the European Union since the 2004 Madrid Train Bombings.

On the 22nd May 2017, following the end of a concert date on Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour at the Manchester AO Arena, a suicide bomber detonated a homemade shrapnel-based bomb that killed 23 people (including the perpetrator) as people were leaving the Manchester Arena, injuring 1,017 (122 hospitalised), some of whom were children, while several hundred more suffered psychological trauma as a result. It was the deadliest terrorist attack and the first suicide attack in the UK since the 7/7 London terrorist attack twelve years prior.

Since 9/11, more citizens of the United States have died from the after-effects of the terrorist attacks twenty years ago today due to chemicals and building material dust sent into the atmosphere as a result of the collapse of the Twin Towers.

Surveillance increased everywhere due to the devastating attacks on this day twenty years ago.

The result of increased security and surveillance saw terrorist threat levels increase to protect everyone’s health, safety, and well-being in a bid to prevent further attacks from having a domino effect on other places, landmarks, and countries.

It’s a sombre day for the whole world, more so for the United States as today is a reflection of how much the world has changed since the devastating attacks twenty years ago.

The September 11, 2001 attacks that took place twenty years ago today served as a reminder of public and worldwide safety, but at the same time, increased security, surveillance and the prevention of further terrorist attacks from occurring has questioned everyone’s safety on how the world can tackle and prevent other terrorist incidents from taking place.

Since 9/11, how has your perception of the world changed in how governments prevent further terrorist attacks from occurring, especially on public transport, in supermarkets, venues, and everywhere else?

I hope this article can provide genuine insight, and I wanted to take this opportunity to pay my respects to all the victims who died twenty years ago today, including all those who have died since the attacks, including those killed in terrorist incidents that have followed since 9/11 as you’ll forever live on in memory and forever in our hearts.

I sincerely apologise if anything I’ve written offends. I merely want to educate future generations on how 9/11 changed the course of history.

Alex Smithson

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