|date:||14 September 2015 at 18:26|
|subject:||Fw: Never forget?|
When college students at George Mason University are asked by the Young America’s Foundation what caused 9-11, several give baffling or just plain wrong answers about the largest terrorist attack in U.S. history. This is an inexcusable failure of the U.S.’ education system and the major news media.
The 9-11 terrorist attacks fundamentally changed Americans’ way of life and its foreign policy for the last fourteen years. On that harrowing morning in 2001, two planes struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Two other planes were hijacked: one struck the Pentagon building, and the other was brought down by brave passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 over Pennsylvania.
The terrorist group al-Qaeda, a Sunni Muslim fundamentalist organization led from Afghanistan by the now-deceased Osama bin Laden, coordinated by later Guantanamo Bay detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, carried out the 9-11 attack in ‘retribution‘ for U.S. foreign involvement in the Middle East.
The attack involved 19 hijackers; 15 of them Saudi nationals. There are a missing 28 pages in the 9-11 report yet to be released publicly. Congressmen Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) have currently issued a proposal to release that classified information.
And… even if you had somehow never heard of the 9-11 attacks, you already know more about what happened than these college students at the largest public research university in Virginia.
The main issue is that not a single college student at any university should be stumped by the question: “What caused 9-11?”
If one is looking for a positive takeaway, at least several of the students in the video acknowledged that the educational system had failed them by saying that the tragic event – an act of war – should be discussed more in the classroom.