9/11: The Day That Changed America Forever On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists boarded four planes, all transcontinental flights full of jet fuel. 9/11 became the first of many hijackings in the United States. The terrorists turned two flights into flying weapons of destruction, knocking down America’s tallest buildings. The third plane rammed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. 9/11 became the day that a tragic event killed thousands, injured hundreds and changed America forever.
After the attack China declared war on Japan on December 9,1942. Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted the United States to be apart of this so he asked Congress to announce war against Japan to the American people. Eventually, Germany,Italy,Bulgaria,Hungary, and Romania issued war on the U.S. Because so many countries were involved this was the start of WW11. But because we lost so much oil and rubber, it would be a challenge for America to stand a chance against all of our opponents. Even then we were still picking up memories of Pearl Harbor a year later.
The morning of Tuesday September 11, 2011 is one of the biggest tradgies of all time. On this specific day four airlines were hijacked by an Islamic group that goes by the name al-Qaeda. The attacks took the lives of 2,996 innocent people, injured nearly 6,000 people, and caused at least $10 billion in infracture and property damage. These attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, will forever be remebered as one of the most horrific days for so many people around this world. Initally, al-Qaeda considered targeting nuclear power plants on 9/11, but decided to go against it because they feared it would get too out of control.
What if 9/11 never happened? First of all, what is 9/11? The September 11 attacks also known as 9/11 was a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others. Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four planes.
The attack happened on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the attack happened in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. The attack was 2 hours in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, there were exactly 21 ships in the U.S. Pacific fleet that had been sunk or severely damaged. There were exactly 188 United States aircrafts that were destroyed and exactly 159 that were damaged. That would make a total amount of 2,403 innocent people that were killed, the majority were the soldiers and sailors. When Japan sent their planes to attack the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, they desired to make themselves look strong, but it made a lot of people think that they are heartless and ruthless.
In the sixty years since World War 2, President Truman 's decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan has been questioned by many people. The bombing caused many deaths but also clearly marked the end of the long drawn-out war. The justifications for the bombing are still however a widely discussed debate. Arguments supporting the justification of the bombing involve the President 's stern belief that the Japanese had brought it on themselves, and that the bombing would end the war and save many American lives. The counter-arguments were that the Japanese were already defeated and so ‘why was it necessary to drop the bomb?”.
“The American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945” (Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). The bomb killed eighty thousand people instantly. Radiation exposure killed tens of thousands more. The bomb destroyed ninety percent of one of Japan’s biggest cities in an instant. Therefore, the event that occurred at Hiroshima was a huge shock to the
Similarly, time before 2001's event, the 19 hijacking men took a lot of preparation before the 9/11 attack such as years of training and much flight classes with no suspicion what so ever. It can also be compared that the two events both happened deliberately, intentionally for the United States- ubrupt unforeseen and unpredicted. The two separate attacks also did very much damage to the country. During that attack on Pearl Harbor it damaged 21 ships of the U.S, destroyed 188 airplanes, killed 2,403 Americans and injured 1,178. During 9/11's attack it damaged and destroyed both twin towers in the World Trade Center and the west side of the pentagon killing a total of 2,996 people and injuring over
“December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy”. This is a phrase that every educated person in America has heard at some point or another. The Japanese bombing of the United States Naval base at Pearl Harbor was an event that every American living in that time period never forgot. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s speech regarding this attack was equally unforgettable. In total the bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans.
On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States and some more countries and islands. For America, it was the very first time that had been bombed by another country, thereupon every single person was in a big shock. Japanese aircrafts sank total of a twelve ships those were in the Pearl Harbor. After that day, during his Fireside Chat, American 32nd president Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared that the U.S. is going to involve in war. He cited this day as “a date which will live in infamy”.
Each plane had a distinctive destination. These locations included The World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and an undisclosed location, which we will never know. The terrorist had a calculated plan and initiated an attack so horrible that three hundred and forty three firefighters and paramedics lost their lives. Twenty three New York City police officers and thirty seven Port Authority police officers were also killed. Could we have had less casualties if we, our nation, was better prepared?
9/11 was one of the most pivotal events in world history; this tragic event continues to be remembered as thousands of Americans lost their lives that morning. On September 11, 2001 the United States came under attack by nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists. They directed their hatred towards two of our most symbolic trademarks; the twin towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington. The serious of four attacks carried out by al-Qaeda consisted of four passenger jets being hijacked, two of them were crashed into the World Trade Center, the third hit the Pentagon, and the fourth plain was directed toward Washington but ended up crashing in a field due to a fight the passengers out up with the terrorist on board. The attack claimed the lives
John Hersey wrote that “[Mrs. Nakamura] immediately turned 4 on the radio, which … [was] broadcasting a fresh warning”. Along with radio warnings there were also rumors that Hiroshima might be hit with bombs and air raid alarms when enemy planes flew over the city. Truman also dropped leaflets on many different Japanese cities a month before the attach informing them of what could happen if they did not surrender. PBS translated the leaflets which said that “we shall resolutely employ this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war”. With the warnings given by radio, alarms, and leaflets, this demonstrates that the Japanese knew what could happen to their beloved city and decided not to evacuate their cities.
As well as being attacked, the United States also played the role of the attacker in August of 1945. This was a deadly nuclear bombing of the Japanese town Hiroshima. This was the first nuclear bomb ever deployed. This horrific explosion killed 90% of Hiroshima’s population, combining the 80,000 of whom the bomb killed immediately, and those who later died of radiation exposure. Three days later, another bomb was dropped Nagasaki, which killed another 40,000.
Once the February bombings took place a short respite ensued trailed by the U.S. 8th Air Force bombing the city with another 400 more aircraft bombers on March 2. The final punching blow came from 572 bombers from the 8th Air Force on April 17 (Vonnegut). The bombing of Dresden what is it ethical and morally right . Was it absolutely important in ending World War 2. What was it actually about and how many lives were really lost.