Saturday, September 11, 2010
Nine years ago today terrorists organized by Islamic radical Osama bin Laden attacked the United States by hijacking 4 jet liners to launch suicide attacks against key U.S. targets. Two planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, one hit the Pentagon outside Washington DC and another, destined for either the White House or Capital Building, was retaken by passengers from the terrorists and crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside. Some 3,000 people were killed in the attacks making them the bloodiest act of terrorism in American history. Sympathy poured in from the rest of the world but, as a monarchist, one of the moments which most stuck in my mind was the image of Prince Charles, Prince Philip and the American ambassador to the Court of St James viewing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace with the guards band playing the "Star Spangled Banner" in honor of the atrocity visited on the United States.