Seventeen years ago, on a bright morning of September 11, 2001, a commercial plane hit one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, marking the beginning of a new era as well as the start of a new millennium.
While we tend to focus solely on the World Trade Center, we need to remember that there was also a simultaneous attack on the Pentagon, and that another plane heading for the Capitol crashed in a field after some heroic passengers tried to fight back the terrorists.
Economically, insurance losses caused by this event rose to approximately $40 billion, making it one of the largest insured events ever. The US stock market was halted until the next Monday - the attacks took place on a Tuesday.
New York City tourism fell sharply, leading to 3,000 employees being laid off.
Years later, reconstruction of the infamous ground zero site culminated with the erection of the One World Trade Center tower (first known as the Freedom Tower), for an approximate cost of $3.9 billion.
Abroad, the attacks also led the George W. Bush administration into two wars, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, for a total cost estimated at $5 trillion.
Soon after, the artistic world started to work on these events and it was not long before movies were released about the attacks. First, activist filmmaker Michael Moore produced Fahrenheit 11/9, which became the highest grossing documentary of all time.
Moore focused on the events that led to the tragic terrorist attacks, including the rise of Osama bin Laden, as well as the aftermath of the attacks, which led to the Iraq War.
In 2006, Paul Greengrass wrote and directed United 93, telling the fateful story of the forty passengers of that flight:
Greengrass had already directed a story based on real events, based on the Bloody Sunday massacre.
That same year, Oliver Stone directed and released World Trade Center, based on police officers trapped into the World Trade Center after it collapsed.
In 2012, the movie Zero Dark Thirty, with lead actress Jessica Chastain, which focused on the capture of Osama bin Laden.
Today, seventeen years later, let us never forget that some people lost their lives on that fateful day for no other reason than going to work or taking a flight. Let's also not forget that even today, people are still suffering from the aftermath of the attacks, whether it is family members, friends or first responders, who still suffer to this day from chronic diseases.
Let us never forget.
By CryptoGirl on 2019-08-07 17:26:49 ET
We'll never forget.