The 9/11 attacks were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks against targets in New York and Washington, D.C. On the morning of 9/11 2001, 19 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers subsequently and with intent crashed two of the planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both of these towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers then crashed a 3rd place into The Pentagon. When passengers attempted to take control of the 4th plane Flight 93, it crashed into a field near the town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, preventing it from reaching. The action of the passengers prevented the plan from reaching its intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.
Suspicion quickly fell on Islamist militant group, al-Qaeda. In 2004, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who had initially denied involvement, then claimed responsibility, citing US support of Israel, the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. President George Bush responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invaded Afghanistan to depose the Taliban who were suspected of harboring al-Qaeda members.
9/11 is a highly emotional subject and would rate alongside the other Where Were You events: the assassination of JFK, man landing on the moon and the death of Lady Dianne.
Is it reasonable to think that 19 Arabs, under the direction of “a crazed lunatic” living in a cave in the Middle East used box cutters and guile to thwart a multi-trillion dollar defence organisation?
Is it reasonable that the passports of the terrorists somehow managed to survive the explosion? In the aftermath of the attacks, passports and identification were found as evidence and many skeptics question how identification made out of paper survived an explosion, which destroyed buildings.
Is it reasonable that 4,000 Jewish employees took the day off work on 9/11? Well yes, maybe it is given that it is unknown how many Jewish employees usually take the day off work in a city the size of NYC – or does that number refer to all of the US?
It is without a doubt normal human behaviour to speculate, just as there was similar speculation as to whether a lone gunman could have killed Presidennt JFK or that Princess Diana could die in a car crash or was it that the US flag on the moon was waving in the breeze or whether a dingo could have stolen a baby.
9/11: Fact or fiction, a rallying cry and an excuse to go to war?
Writer and producer of the 90’s US television series The X-Files, Frank Spotnitz, offers an explanation: that we live in an age of anxiety, where we do not know who to trust and what to believe in. Conspiracy theories, Spotnitz says, offer “a magic key that fits all the pieces together” and makes sense of our uncertain world.