World Remembers 9/11, as US Stands DividedWorld | September 11, 2010, Saturday // 10:21| views
People and governments across the world commemorate the 9th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York that left more than 3,000 dead and destroyed the famed World Trade Center.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Al Qaeda suicide terrorists hijacked four domestic passenger planes in a coordinated terrorist attempt. Two of them were flown into the World Trade Center Two Towers, one into the Pentagon, and the fourth fell over the Pennsylvanian countryside after terrorists met resistance from crew and passengers.
The attacks prompted a strong response from the US, such as the Patriot Act, the establishing of the Department of Homeland Security and – the launching of the War on Terror.
Since then, 9/11 has been a day for unification of all Americans.
This year commemoration has been marred by a US-wide scandal that saw pastor Terry Jones stating he would mark the day by burning a Koran at the Ground Zero site. He was provoked by plans to build a Muslim center at the commemoration complex in progress.
This statement has left American society polarized, as it was seen as reflecting the sentiments of a sizeable part of the population.
President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and representatives of diverse civic and religious organizations – foremost Christian and Jewish ones – expressed outrage of the statement and said it fundamentally violated the principles on which the USA is built.
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