Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
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November 19th marks the 150 year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.On that date in 1863, President Lincoln delivered his famous address at a ceremony dedicating the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. The speech was brief (only about 2 minutes), but it has gone down in history as one of the most compelling ever given by a U.S. President.
Known at the time as "The Great War", WWI was the first truly global conflict. WWI was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and member of the ruling family, the Hapsburgs. Both Ferdinand and his wife were killed by a Serbian terrorist group, called the Black Hand, while traveling through the streets of Sarajevo in June of 1914.
September 11, 2001: A day seared into the consciousness of all Americans that bore witness. It has already been 12 years since the United States was so brazenly attacked. At 8:46am American Airlines flight 11 crashed into New York's World Trade Center Tower 1. At 9:03am United Airlines flight 175 crashed into World Trade Center Tower 2.
The resultant explosions and fire were so devastating that by 10:30am, both towers had collapsed into massive piles of rubble and mangled steel. Thousands of civilians, police officers and fire fighters were lost in the burning debris. At 5:20pm World Trade Center building 7 collapsed.
Following those horrendous incidents, a similar modus operandi played out when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37am. As with the World Trade Center, this attack also caused a huge explosion and fire. Approximately 125 civilian and military personnel were killed by this act.
As these events were unfolding, a fourth airliner under the control of terrorists was headed for Washington with the intent of crashing into the White House or possibly the Capitol Building. Passengers on board United Airlines flight 93 were obviously aware of the hijack, and through communication with outside sources, came to realize that their flight was also on a suicide mission.
Understanding the severity of the moment, the passengers banded together and made a plan. They were determined to prevent the terrorists from carrying out yet another deadly strike. We will probably never know all the details of their plan, but we do know that the passengers attempted to wrest control of the plane back from the hijackers.
At one point, the plane began rolling violently back and forth. This was most likely caused by passengers imposing their will on the terrorists, and their will was to deny any further implementation of the deadly plot. This heroic attempt to retake the plane ultimately led to it crashing in a field in Shanksville PA at 10:03am, but through the selfless efforts of the passengers, no other structures were damaged and countless lives on the ground were saved.
What is Ansar al-Sharia? Simply stated, Ansar al-Sharia (AAS) is an Islamist terror organization and the prime suspect in the September 11, 2012 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi. Four Americans, including our Ambassador to Libya were killed in the attack, and the consulate building was destroyed.