Friday, 11 September 2009

Those who remember will never forget........

Eight years ago today, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were both raised to the ground when two Al-Qaeda hijacked jets were deliberately flown into them. The third jet hit the Pentagon, and the fourth crashed in rural Pennsylvania, after some passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control. Over 3,000 people were killed.

When I saw the first plane hit the World Trade center, on TV, I thought that there had been a tragic plane crash. Then, when the second one hit the south tower, I realized that this was a terrorist attack. Like when JFK was shot, (I wasn't here on Friday, 22nd November, 1963, but still..) or when Princess Diana died, on Sunday 31st August 1997, 11 days after my 21st birthday, you never will forget the events of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, or where you were when you heard about it, unless you get Alzheimer's Disease. I watched the horror unfold live on Television.

However, as sad, and as horrible as 9/11 was, if this had happened in some obscure country, such as say, East Timor, Nicaragua or Qatar, I don't think it would have received as much as coverage as 9/11 did across the world. Yet if it had happened there, it wouldn't have been any more, or any less tragic than it occurring in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain or France.

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