"Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts and we will make no distinction between those who committed these acts and those who harbor them." Said George W. Bush
On September 11, 2001, four passenger planes were hijacked by terrorists. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City, causing huge fires that led to the collapse of the towers less than two hours later. One plane crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. The last plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania; it is believed the hijackers had planned to also crash this plane into a building or landmark, but were foiled by the actions of the plane’s passengers. Many of these horrific events, including the second plane’s crash into the World Trade Center and the collapse of the towers, were witnessed live by millions of television viewers. It was by far the worst terrorist attack on American soil and conservative columnist George F. Will labeled it “the most lethal terrorism in human experience.”
As the dust settled in New York and Washington, Americans were left to ponder what the attacks meant for the nation. In search of an event to compare to, many Americans reached back to Japan’s unprovoked surprise assault on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, another “day of infamy” in which the United States was suddenly attacked. In both instances, a seemingly undefeatable nation was jolted by massive assaults on its own soil.
Following the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush addressed Congress and argued that the evidence pointed to al-Qaida, and called for a “war on terror” that “will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated.” He issued an ultimatum against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which he accused of harboring bin Laden and his network of terrorists. Congress, which earlier in 2001 had been preoccupied with domestic issues and partisan disputes, then passed a resolution authorizing Bush to issue a full-scale war on al-Qaida.
Before sleeping, President Bush entered into his journal: "The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today...We think it is Osama bin Laden."
That was then, and now the war on terror is nearly over. But, not only did we take the fight to our enemies in Afghanistan, we bombed Al-Qaeda's camps, decimated the Taliban, drove them out of power in less than two months, and sent our enemies running to Pakistan and remote caves on the Afghan border, where they live even today as hunted men.Bin Laden has just been recently assassinated by the daring and noble Seal Team Six, al-Qaida is in complete ruins, a new government has been established in Iraq and Afghanistan, and United States Armed Forces are pulling out of the middle-east. Even though, the September 11 attack destroyed the World Trade Center and spread terror through American hearts, we have, undoubtedly, recovered. The New World Trade Center construction is already underway and Americans nationwide live on. Join me today as we pay thanks to the brave men and women who gave their lives defending our shores and give respect to the ones who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack.