When I visited ground zero after the terrorist attacks, and while serving as Associated Press TV NY Bureau Chief, my eyes were filled with tears, and my heart overcome with a feeling, which I may carry with me for all my years.
The roar of an airplane flying low over downtown Manhattan on Tuesday, Sept.11, 2001, sent collective chills throughout the universe. 19 militant terrorists hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into NYC's Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism.
The annual somber and nonpartisan commemorations of 9/11 were tainted with a national controversy when POTUS announced a planned secret meeting with leaders of the Taliban, the militant Afghan group which supported leader Osama bin, Laden.
Whose big idea was this to bring these killers to Camp David? The attacks of September 11, 2001, will be forever remembered globally and during ceremonies honoring the nearly 3,000 killed on a fateful day 18 years ago.
National tributes held at the World Trade Center site in New York City, in the Washington DC vicinity and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on the field where United Flight 93 crashed.
How will Americans respond at the polls when it is time to vote for Republican candidates, whose party pole bearer invited Taliban leaders to Camp David during the 9/11 anniversary?
President Trump ended peace negotiations with the Taliban because the group had failed to live up to a series of the commitments, they had made. But the question remains, why were they conceived and whose big idea was this? Wort yet, #USA has not ruled out reopening talks with the Taliban after the canceled a secret meeting.
Image - Reuters