Three Planes Take Flight Without Any Trouble Essay

1014 Words Jan 29th, 2015 5 Pages
September 11, 2001. Four planes take flight without any trouble. Merely hours later all four plans have crashed, the Twin towers are falling, and the Pentagon is on fire. This day is forever immortalized in the hearts of Americans and of the world as 9/11.
9/11 was no accident and was carefully planned out by a terrorist group known as al-Qaeda. The U.S. had dealt with al-Qaeda before in 1988. The terrorist group had at that time attacked American soldiers still in Saudi Arabia after the Gulf War. The leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, also addressed the U.S.’s foreign policy and his objection towards it. Osama’s disdain for America is also his motivation behind 9/11 as stated in his 2002 “Letter to America”.
19 al-Qaeda terrorists were assigned to hijack and fly four American planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the White House. Each destination represented a strength of America. The Twin Towers, the economic center of American power. The Pentagon, the center of America’s military power. Lastly, the White House, home of the president and the U.S. democracy. The four planes stolen were American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93. Each plane was crashed into its target with exception of Flight 93 which instead crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers aboard tried to overcome the hijackers.
As for the Pentagon and Twin Towers things went sour quickly. Two hours from…

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