Remembering September 11, 2001 -Who would forget that faithful day, September 11, 2001. The world stood still as people around the world witnessed the attacks on the United States of America.
During that morning, 19 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. Two of the hijacked planes were crashed into World Trade Center 1 and 2 in New York City. The attacked killed everyone on board the two planes and many others working in the buildings. Both the Twin Towers collapsed within two hours.
The total death toll on September 11, 2001 was placed at 2,996 including the 19 hijackers. Majority of those who died were civilians, representing over 70 countries.
Let us go back and remember 9/11 with the following quotes:
"Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.". – George W. Bush
"It will not be quick and it will not be easy. Our adversaries are not one or two terrorist leaders, or even a single terrorist organization or network. It's a broad network of individuals and organizations that are determined to terrorize and, in so doing, to deny us the very essence of what we are: free people. They don't live in Antarctica. They work, they train and they plan in countries. They're benefiting from the support of governments. They're benefiting from the support of non-governmental organizations that are either actively supporting them with money, intelligence and weapons or allowing them to function on their territory and tolerating if not encouraging their activities. In either case, it has to stop."– Donald Rumsfeld, Press Briefing, September 18, 2001
"A few months ago, and again this week, bin Laden publicly vowed to publicly wage a terrorist war against America, saying, and I quote, "We do not differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians. They're all targets." Their mission is murder, and their history is bloody." - President Bill Clinton
"All of a sudden there were people screaming. I saw people jumping out of the building. Their arms were flailing. I stopped taking pictures and started crying."– Michael Walters, a free-lance photo journalist in Manhattan.
"The full horror of what has happened in the United States earlier today is now becoming clearer. It is hard even to contemplate the utter carnage and terror which has engulfed so many innocent people. We've offered President Bush and the American people our solidarity, our profound sympathy, and our prayers. But it is plain that citizens of many countries round the world, including Britain, will have been caught up in this terror."– British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Interview, September 11, 2001.
"It is with enormous distress that France has just learned of the monstrous attacks, there is no other word for it that have just struck the United States of America. In these horrifying circumstances, the entire people of France, and I want to emphasize this, stand by the people of America. They express their friendship and solidarity in this tragedy. Naturally, I want to assure President Bush of my total support. France, as you know, has always condemned and unreservedly condemns terrorism, and considers that terrorism must be combated by all possible means."– French President Jacques Chirac, September 11, 2001.
"It was with horror that I learned of the abominable terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington in which so many innocent people have lost their lives. My government staunchly condemns these acts of terrorism. The German people are at the side of the United States of America in this difficult hour. I wish to express my deep-felt condolences and complete solidarity to you and the American people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families."– German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, September 11, 2001.