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My Reflection on September 11th 2001

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11.09.2001 11.09.2001 - Two planes disappear from radar at around 8:30 EST. At around 8:45 EST a Boeing 767 jet flies into the South tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York. Eighteen minutes later, a second 767 jet flies into the North tower of the WTC, both these attacks cause huge explosions causing debris to fall over the city of New York. Horrified New Yorkers stop their work to watch and wait for what could happen next. Less than an hour after the initial attacks, the unthinkable happens, the North tower of the WTC collapses, killing several hundred firefighters and causing a huge cloud of smoke to cover downtown Manhattan. The South tower collapsing causing more debris and smoke to fall over Manhattan followed this soon after. The smoke could be viewed from space. The world stares in shock. The first I heard of these tragic attacks was at around 15:20 GMT (around 10:00 EST) when I logged on to the BBC News website. At that time all that was available was that the WTC had been attacked and the Pentagon was on fire. My first thoughts were of disbelief, terrorist attacks on the US were things found only in films, the thought of this happening to the world's biggest super-power was unreal. As I was still in school at this time I was unable to watch any live footage of the attacks and no pictures were yet available. ...read more.


Traders worldwide immediately started worrying about a possible global recession, already starting before the attacks. People in the City were evacuated with fears of possible attacks in the UK. All flights in the US were cancelled until further notice and no planes were allowed to enter US or Canadian airspace. Up to 7000 people were feared dead in New York. The world stood in silence - and waited. 13.09.2001 - Tony Blair announces he will help the US government win the war against terrorism with the aid of military support, President George 'Dubya' Bush greets this by saying, 'Britain is now our closest friend'. EU officials declare Friday 14th September as an international day of mourning and three minutes of silence are to be held on Friday morning. Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist organisation, 'al-Queda' (The Base) declared as prime suspects. The world definitely now seemed a different place, I wasn't sure what it was exactly, but nothing felt right. Although people tried to make the best of the situation, plenty of anxiety could be felt in the air. The sites of the attacks in New York are now described as 'ground zero' as rescuers start to sift through the rubble of the once mighty WTC, hoping to find possible survivors. Everyone is talking about the event, everywhere you look there are things to remind you look there are things to remind you. ...read more.


President Bush made it clear in his September 20th speech to the world, that this threat has not achieved its objectives of fear. More that it has set the almighty US military machine into action. This threat is not directed solely against the US - it is a threat directed against all countries that seek freedom, peace, and stability. The world's response to terrorism will change not only international efforts with respect to terrorism; it will change governments as countries take sides and see interests where few were seen before. A worldwide strategy is an important step in the US government's response to terrorism. But terrorism will forever remain a continuous, ever-changing threat that is responsive to countermeasures. Terrorism must be confronted before it acts. The attacks on September 11th have been compared to Pearl Harbour. That comparison does contain one useful analogy - lessons on organising the intelligence community. The first line of defense against terrorism is intelligence. It is also the key to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice. All in all, my personal thoughts are that the war against terrorism can never be won as there will always be people who oppose the thoughts of others, and there will always be people who are willing to sacrifice the lives of others for their beliefs; and no matter how much intelligence there is, people will always succeed if they persevere. GCSE English Coursework Luke Hopwood 11B Candidate Number: 7484 ...read more.

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