Friday, September 10, 2010

Remembring 9/11 - The 2,977 victims and The falling man

The haunting images of the September 11, 2001 suicide attacks by Al Qaeda in America, are still very fresh in our minds, even after almost 9 years.

Images of 2 jet planes plunging into the World Trade Centre Twin Towers in New York, could not be forgotten by us, for years to come.

These disasters were caused by mentally deranged satan in human beings forms - the likes of the Egyptian lunatic - Mohammed Atta and others, following blindly what Osama bin Laden ordered them, in the belief that they will enter straight into heaven after commiting those horrific acts.

The truth is that all of Mohammed Atta friends and himself were being sent straight to hell for killing innocent human beings, for no religion in the world condone such brutal acts against humanity.

The 4 attacks on both twin towers, the Pentagon and the fourth aircraft that crashed off Pennsylvania after the passengers fought back with the satanic terrorists, killed altogether 2,997 victims including the 19 insane hijackers.

The gripping image of The Falling Man

Apart from the thousands of images of the World Trade Centre Twin Towers on fire and the subsequent buildings collapse, another unforgettable images are that of The Falling Man.

Theologian Mark D. Thompson of Moore Theological College says that "perhaps the most powerful image of despair at the beginning of the twenty-first century is not found in art, or literature, or even popular music. It is found in a single photograph - and that photograph is that of the Falling Man.

The Falling Man is one of 2,997 victims of the Sept 11, 2001 attack.

The man apparently fell down from the twin towers that once stood at 110 storeys or 1,500 feet tall.

Infact, at least 200 people jumped to their deaths from the burning towers, landing on the streets and rooftops of adjacent buildings hundreds of feet below.

The victims had no hope, they cannot be rescued and the fire was fast spreading, so they resorted to jump fatally.

Initially, the Falling Man was identified by The Globe and Mail reporter Peter Cheney as Norberto Hernandez, but when the family looked at the whole series of pictures, it was clear that it was not Hernandez.

Three other families claimed that he was their relative, but after careful analysis of the photo this was disproved.

Then, 5 years after the attacks, the Falling Man was said to be Jonathan Briley, a 43-year-old employee of the Windows on the World restaurant.

Briley was a sound engineer who lived in Mount Vernon, New York and worked in the North Tower.

The image of the Falling Man was identified by chef Michael Lomonaco as The Falling Man.

However people, families and relatives of those victims who fall to their death at the World Trade Centre on Sept 11, 2001 attacks, were still skeptical.

Till today, the true identity of The Falling Man has never been officially confirmed.

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