September 11, 2001 – the day America burned

On September 11, 2001, The United States suffered the largest terrorist attack in its history after 19 men hijacked four commercial planes to crash them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The offensive, which also aimed to bring down the White House (It was not completed because the ship fell in a field in Pennsylvania), left almost 3,000 dead, unleashed a conflict with the Middle East that lasted for 20 years, and ended the life of the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden.

That morning, everything was going normally in New York. The hurried walk of people, the annoying noises of construction sites and car horns, typical of a cosmopolitan city, they were paralyzed when a hijacked plane caused a great crash when it hit the North Tower of the Word Trade Center. At first it was thought that it was an accident, even the television channels began to broadcast live what exactly 18 minutes later, with the impact of the second aircraft in the South Tower, it would become a scene of chaos, anguish and despair.

A man looks puzzled at what just happened.

The core group of kidnappers was made up of Atta, Jarrah, al Shehhi y Ramzi bin al Shibh. The four, known as the “Hamburg Cell”, were the main planners of the attack. In addition to them and many others who helped with the logistics, there was the Al Qaeda network, a terrorist organization led by Bin Laden, who came from an influential business family in Saudi Arabia.

Shortly after the attack, the country presided at that time by George W. Bush, attacked different sectors of Afghanistan. The goal was the destruction of Al Qaeda, in fact Bin Laden was killed by US soldiers on May 2, 2011, but the conflict continued: Why? According to different sources, the United States insisted on exploit the opium and oil of those lands, in addition to profiting from the war industry.

At the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, some 2,750 people were killed when the hijacked flights, American Airlines ’11 and United Airlines’ 175, were intentionally crashed into the towers. Of those killed, 343 were New York firefighters, 23 were police officers and 37 were Port Authority agents.

In this iconic Washington building, 189 people were killed when American Airlines Flight 77, which had been hijacked, crashed against a sector of the building.

The Pentagon was also attacked that morning of September 11.

Shanksville, Pensilvania

Forty passengers and crew members aboard Flight 93 United Airlines perished when the plane fell into a field. The hijackers are believed to have made that decision after passengers and crew attempted to control the flight.

The plane was seized by the passengers and crashed in a Shanksville field.

Silent tribute

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York opened in 2014. It was chosen to remember the almost 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Every September 11, relatives of the deceased gather and read their names aloud.

The beginning of the war

The September 2001 attacks in the United States led President Bush to initiate the hunt for Bin Laden and its first major consequence: the invasion of Afghanistan. That operation, which ended in late August, spanned 20 years and had dubious results. The Taliban, whom they fought so hard, are back in power.

“To think that the United States failed in Afghanistan is a myth because in reality it is simply a strategy. They are creating an artificial disorder both in the area and in the rest of the world by appearing weak, who were defeated and who could not “, he pointed out in dialogue with Chronicle the expert on islamic issues Shuenlith Sharif, who provides training against terrorism.

Osama Bin Laden was assassinated in 2011 by American soldiers.

“The artificial disorder is that they retreat, but they leave the enemy fully equipped with a large amount of weapons, money and ammunition. When President Joe Biden says Syria is more dangerous than Afghanistan, he is actually announcing that he is going for Syria., which is really that is your main goal. Then he leaves weapons to the allies to cause confusion, while on the other hand he puts together the plan to enter that country. “he continued.

A bad prognosis

On the other hand, he assured that the possibility of a repeat attack is almost a certainty: “Wait for it because that’s the way it will be. They are working to carry out a mega attack, which is not going to be one, the strategy now is to attack several sites at the same time at the same time. The target is the United States again, because they need to become known all over the planet. Afghans are not going to work alone. They are going to make a terrorist coalition, and that is the most dangerous because it never happened “.

On the other hand, the lawyer and international analyst Juan Francisco Venturino explained that for him there may be a resurgence of an extremist attack anywhere in the world because as long as these groups are strengthened, handle large sums of money and continue to see the world in this biased and psychiatric way, it can happen “.

US troops left Afghanistan last August.

“In terms of what is sold to the world, the US intervention failed. In terms of war, it is part of a logic“, pointed out, to then indicate that at some point the troops were going to withdraw since part of the business of the war was fulfilled, That is why it really depends on how deeply we decide to observe it: if it is indeed a peacekeeping force or if there was some other intention to advance on the wealth of Afghanistan, where 85% of the opium of the planet is found, and the oil of Iraq”.

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