THE JUDGEMENT DAY
September 11th 2001
something final happened on the clear sky of the Occident. Something important
and, maybe, not very clear, but perceived by the global community as a fact
meant to mark an irrevocable moment, the start of an epoch-making change. For
all of us, the image of the two Boeings crashing the
But, beyond this tragedy and the horror of loosing thousands of lives, there is hiding something else: the final combat, ”dies irae”, The Judgement Day, between two global systems which, for a long time only watched each other from distance till they came to this final and direct confrontation. This is not about the Christian world on one side and the Islamic world on the other side, here is about the World of richness, individualism, progress, and efficiency on a side and The World of poverty, misery and blind faith on the other side. These two different worlds had to meet, finally to confront themselves and destroy each other as sandcastles. It is important to see that they are based on different conceptions concerning life: in the previous century it seemed that the western world broke any connections with the spirit and its purposes were only material…In the so-called “the third world”, the man is still in contact with his spiritual roots and traditions, and in the confrontation with the Occident, it seems that this world is losing itself in the tornado of despair…
Now, let’s start describing how everything took place…
Premises: A week before September 11th 2001, Egyptian information services sends a message saying to CIA that Bin Laden might have planned a terrorist attack on American territory. This message was not considered very important by the American authorities…
7:58 a.m. – United Airlines Flight 175 leaves Boston for Los Angeles carrying 56 passengers, two pilots and 7 flight attendants…
7:59 a.m. – American Airlines Flight 11 departs
8:01 a.m. – United Airlines Flight 93,a Boeing
757 carrying 38 passengers, 2 pilots and 5 flight attendants, leaves
8:10 a.m. – American Airlines Flight 77 departs
The nightmare images seemed not to have happened in reality, but in a movie very well directed.
And this is just the beginning because after a few minutes the second hijacked plane reached its target: the south tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:03 a.m., at only 17 minutes from the first attack, the first hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 175 with all the people on board, crashes into the south tower of World Trade Center, in front of the terrified eye-witnesses and TV cameras. In the first place, people thought that this was the tank water plane meant to stop the fire in the building. But it didn’t resemble at all a tank water plane, rather a big flying grave. Now, the Twin Towers became two huge torches covering a great part of New York’s sky with their infernal smoke. The TV cameras and civilians took pictures of a “landscape” that they surely wouldn’t see again.
U.S Federal Aviation Administration shut down all New York area airports. At 9:21,all bridges and tunnels leading into New York are closed.
At 9:43 a.m., at 40 minutes from the second attack and an hour later from the first, the last hijacked plane, American Airlines Flight 77 with people on board, crashes over a section of the Pentagon.
The White House is on alert. At 10:05 - the new president, George W. Bush with the entire White House staff are immediately evacuated and put in the presidential airplane, Air Force One, where he is safer than staying on ground. All flights, commercial, tourist, passenger, are cancelled and the US’s sky is supervised by airplanes with the order of knocking down any kind of flying object. Everything takes place as a chain reaction, but this chain has unimaginable consequences that will change the course of history.
At 10:05,at only one hour from the attack, the south tower falls with big noise. The south tower is the last crashed and the first falling down. After five minutes, at 10:10,the third hijacked airplane, United Airlines Flight 93,crashes in a wooded area in Pennsylvania, Somerset Country, the only victims being the passengers and the hijackers. It seems that the passengers fought and preferred to sacrifice their life instead of fulfilling the diabolical plan. The destination of this plane is unknown. Hundreds of firemen, police officers and military units are brought to pull out the survivors from the demolished south tower and from the north tower that hasn’t collapsed yet.
Half-hour later after the attack, all the Wall Street stock exchange is in shock. The American $ is loosing important percentages, its value being 30% smaller. The world economy is very close to an abyss….
President George W. Bush called these events “acts of war” and he transmitted to the Army and secret services to “find those responsible and bring them to justice”. He asked the US Congress to vote 20 billion $ for reconstruction, reorganization and the affected by the tragedy.
At short time after the south tower crashed, at 10:28 the north tower crashed too. The falling of these giants was symbolic for the falling of America and not only…these giants seemed invincible and untouchable but they were crushed like some flies.
A perfect system has proved to be very imperfect. The heart of America was deeply bleeding and it is not known if this wound is ever going to heal or at least to become a big scar.
Besides the Twin Towers, because of the shock and dust, another 7 buildings collapsed and many more were very badly damaged. The material losses were estimated to billions of $, the human losses-around 2000.
Photos taken from satellites hurried to show the face of the devil appearing in the wave of
smoke; coincidence or not?…we will never know…Many people hurried to associate this event with some fragments from the Holy Bible, more precisely from the last book of the Holy Bible, Relevation:
“In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously in the same measure give her torment and sorrow;for she says in her heart,”I sit as queen ,and am no widow,and will not see sorrow.”Therefore her pleagues will come in one day-death and mourning and famine.And she will be utterly burned with fire,for strong is the Lord God who judges her.The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her,when they see the smoke of her burning,standing at a distance for fear of her torment ,saying: ”Alas,alas,that great city Babylon,that mighty city!For in one hour your judgement has come.”And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her,for no one buys their merchandise anymore: merchandise of gold and silver,precious stones and pearls,fine linen and purple,silk and scarlet,every kind of citron wood,every kind of object of ivory,every kind of object of most precious wood,bronze,iron and marble;and cinnamon and incense,fragrant oil and frankincense,wine and oil,fine flour and wheat,cattle and sheep,horses and chariots and bodies and souls of men.The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you,and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you and shall find them no more at all.The merchants of these things ,who became rich of her,will stand at a distance for fear of her torment ,weeping and wailling ,and saying:”Alas,alas,that great city that was clothed in fine linen,purple,and scarlet,and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!For in one hour such great riches came to nothing”.Every shipmaster,all who travel by ship,sailors,and as many as trade on the sea,stood at a distance.,and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying :”What is like this great city?”They threw dust on their heads and cried out,weeping and wailling,and saying,”Alas,alas,that great city,in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth!For in one hour she is made desolate”.
(REVELATION, chapter 18,lines 7-19)
Others associated the event with some of Nostradamus’s prophesies…God knows the truth…
It is certain that September 11th 2001 will remain a memorable day in humankind’s history. Unimaginable forces that we are not able to understand were unleashed on that day, not only a hand of Afghan rebels.
Immediately after the attack, in that chaos, thousands of FBI, NSA, CIA agents were on alert and a lot of responsibility for what happened is put on their shoulder.
The fast investigations made by the secret services gave only a name…Secretary of State Collin Powel confirmed the first results of the investigations: ”Osama bin Laden is the prime suspect”. The news spread as a flash of lighting over the world and for a long time the name of this man was on all people’s lips. Bin Laden denied any implication, but when he heard the news that the Twin Towers had fallen, he knelt with enthusiasm saying: “Allah be glorified”. After a few days there were no doubts: the real author of the attack is Osama bin Laden.
The truth is that Bin Laden, if it is he who ordered the attacks, obtained the effect he wanted to obtain. The Twin Towers, the Pentagon, besides The White House, represented a symbol for America, a symbol that was destroyed….
Slowly, the chaos makes room for order and with very hard work and in time, people go again to their normal life…The trash resulted started to be cleaned in the fourth day from the attack…Under the remains sometimes different bodies were found which were covered in the US’s flag and any activity slowed down for 15 minutes, in sign of respect for the dead. About 9 months were necessary finish cleaning the spot and then the reconstruction started.
A couple of weeks after the attack the authorities started to collect money for the affected ones. Many commercials were broadcast on TV to raise funds, in Washington, all stars met and gave concerts in order to collect money to help those who lost members of their family or their home during the attack. Thousands of candles and flowers are put on the streets and in churches in the memory of those who lost their lives in the attack. After a couple of months, a monument was built for the ones who sacrificed their life and the
airplane crushed in Pennsylvania…these were declared national heroes. Another monument was built in New York for the ones who died in the Twin Towers attack.
President Bush started the war against terrorism and named it “the first war of the 21st century”; ”America will lead the world to victory”.
People always make fun of something important either evil or good. At some time after the events, appeared different kind of jokes about Bin Laden, Bush, The Twin Towers, etc. It’s good that people didn’t lose their sense of humour. One of these jokes is presented in the image below. It’s quite funny…
This event had also long lasting consequences. It is logical, the air transport went down dramatically…According to statistics, in September 2001, international air transports registered a fall of 15%. IATA (International Air Transport Association) declared that the air traffic didn’t decrease since the Gulf War. In September, the loading degree was 69%, that means a quarter from the total of chairs were empty. The most affected ones were American Airlines, the air traffic being reduced with 30%. US Airways announced losses of 800 million $ and after some time declared bankruptcy. After the bankruptcy of Swissair and Sabena, a fourth company announced its fall: Canada 3000.Other American companies were threatened with the bankruptcy: United Airlines and American Airlines (both of them directly involved in September 11th attack).
As a conclusion I want to mention that this is the most dramatic terrorist attack that has ever happened…around 4000 people died including those from the hijacked planes… material losses of billions, human losses: priceless… September 11th 2001 will be seen in the future as a day of radical changes, a day of a NEW BEGINNING…
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