9/11 attacks

How Far Has the World Come off from the 9/11 Attacks?

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Today marks 18 years of the 9/11 attacks, when America witnessed mass deaths, carnage, and destruction within a matter of minutes. The sight of the twin towers falling, people running for lives, and sirens buzzing to indicate that a widespread catastrophe has struck, is still fresh in our memories. The sequence of events left a grave impact on people, who believe even time has forgotten to heal their pain.

September 11, 2001, was a day when around 3000 people saw the sunrise for the last time. It is a tag that America hasn’t parted ways with, and most disturbingly is a question asking for justification to the lives lost.

Beginning at 8.46 am, the time when first plane crashed into the north tower, there will be six moments of silence. The moments will mark the strikes at the trade center and the pentagon, and the plane crash in Shanksville, Pa., as well as the disintegration of the both the towers.

This will be followed by the readers, who will recite the names of dead one after the other, until all the names are called out, the process that usually takes more than 3 hours.

Revisiting the 9//11 attacks, it is known that the turn of events began after four aircrafts– two departing from Boston, one from New York Newark and one from Washington Dulles–were hijacked.

The 19 hijackers across flights were the men affiliated with al-Qaeda, 15 of whom were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while the remaining 4 were from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon.

Apart from heavy involvement of Saudi, the Library of Congress, Research Division in its 2007 report stated, “Dubai is strongly linked to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States; more than half of the hijackers flew directly out of Dubai International Airport to the United States…and the UAE banking system had been used by the 9/11 hijackers to launder funds.”

Presently, Saudi Arabia is battling against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill passed by the Congress in 2016. The act limited Saudi’s immunity and allowed 850 families of victims and 1,500 injured Americans to file a lawsuit against the Kingdom.

Correspondingly, as the time passes by, the hope for justice hasn’t died for Americans. They say time heal wounds, and if not so much in this case, it has lest given them the opportunity to fight.

Despite all that has happened or earmarked as progress on the case, there are no measures to state how far has the world come off from the instance. Nonetheless, as the day now commemorates and America mourns the 9/11 attacks– by an annual rite of remembrance following the same pattern–a ray of hope will unfurl gathering of hundreds believing in power of unity and humanity above all.

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