William Matheson (nova_one) wrote,
William Matheson

September 11th, 2007

( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9w4Wg1mYZ0 )

I don't normally seek out retrospectives on the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America, but while searching for another video on Google Video tonight, I found a link for "Twin Towers," and I thought maybe they were referring to the Petronas variety. Or a failed British sitcom.

I didn't intend to watch the video, but it has some interesting characteristics:

1. It amalgamates video footage of the first World Trade Center impact. You hear people on the street saying, "Holy *..."

2. It has what is probably a famous sequence of a cameraman running for his life away from the collapse of the South Tower (the second one hit, yet the first to collapse). Your odds of escaping the South Tower would have been greater, though, since it reportedly still had a functioning stairwell since the plane hit on an angle, and plus the first impact in the opposite tower should have provided impetus to evacuate. (Related: The story of a Naval Reserve officer from the 33rd floor of the South Tower who took the hint and did just that.)

3. It was presented as a Grade 10 history project. Not only does the author state on the page that he got 110% for it, but the video itself ends with such inane "let's learn from history" platitudes that you can't help but laugh through your tears. To say it's touching or that it speaks to the condition of being human doesn't even begin to describe it.
Tags: patriot day, september 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, terrorism, youtube

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