Terrorism is the bug of 21 century. Throughout history it has appeared in many various ways: hijacked planes, ships, trains. But never was terrorism committed in such a terrible way as on Tuesday, September 11 in New York City. This tragedy affected us all.
It was nice Tuesday morning. Everybody were rushing to their jobs in the most beautiful and remarkable city of the world. Planes in the sky were usual routine of this city at this time. Manhattan was ready to welcome millions of its residents and tourist. Everybody were going about their businesses. There was illusion that nothing can disturb this normal existence.
Rapidly, two passenger planes, like envoys of terror, crashed into both towers of the World Trade Center. Pieces of debris came down with a terrifying thunder. Screams of terror could be heard through hearts of thousands people from all over the world. Ten minutes later, people all over the world with shocking fear could observe how two highest buildings of the world were collapsing carrying away thousands of innocent lives. People stood staring in awe at the empty space, which once was the Tenth Wonder of the World. Now, this is just a cloud of dust. Many firefighters and police officers rushed into the burning buildings to save innocent lives. At this time they weren’t thinking about their own lives.
I woke up about 9 o’clock. As usual I turned on the TV. I saw a terrible image of one tower and a lot of smoke was coming out of it. Still not realizing what was happening, I went to another room to pack my stuff in order to go to college. At this time I was thinking that it was just a regular fire and nothing serious. When I got on the bus I saw unusual commotion among people. I could feel panic and fear among people. I wanted to use my cell phone to call my friend to find out if he’s ok, but it did not work. Everybody were talking about the attacks of terrorists, but I never thought that World Trade Center could collapse, just disappear. I heard that Twin Towers collapsed when I was in my music class. I still could not realize what was happening in NY. I got out from Brooklyn College and I went to Flatbush Avenue. There I saw skies full of black smoke. I was astonished.
"8: 45 a. m. : A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire. 9: 03 a. m. : A second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes. Both buildings are burning. 9: 43 ...
What is going to happen next? Is it a war? All these questions were flying in my mind. I couldn’t believe what happened. I was very upset and wondering if things ever be normal again. When I came home, I turned on the TV and I kept watching it over and over again. It was unbelievable. For me and I think to everybody else. It didn’t seem real, it was more like a horror movie, but unfortunately it wasn’t. I have never seen anything like this before and I hope I won’t see it again.
The Pentagon. I could feel sense of security and protection when I was hearing this word. This department is supposed to be the guard of America! How could it be attacked? These terrorists showed us that they could attack any place in the world. Twins Towers, Pentagon, what else? I heard thousands times that Washington D.C has the best security. Nothing is allowed to fly over Washington D.C. Are we that vulnerable? How is it possible that US Air Force did not attack this aircraft?
It was awful. How could it happen to New York? This is truly a great loss and tragedy. WTC was the symbol of United States, the symbol of freedom, of capitalism, and democracy. Twin Towers were the image of the whole Manhattan, and United States. I cannot imagine Manhattan without Twin Towers. There is no place in the world where I can feel myself safe after attack on World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Maybe some day, in some way, the world will understand what happened in New York. Who ever did this had too much hate and actions like this are not justified by anything.
September 11, 2001 On September 11, 2001, I was living in Puerto Rico. That day I woke up like every morning, ate my breakfast, and went to high school. At that time I was in the Business Club, so I only had four classes. In the biology class, my teacher left to talk to other teachers, and when she returned to the classroom, she looked so concerned, as if something had happened. She was the best ...