Monday, August 22, 2005

Inside 9/11

If you missed National Geographic's documentary Inside 9/11, check your listings for any re-airings. Set your DVR or Tivo. If need be, buy a copy off the website.

While information and intelligence about the events of that day will undoubtedly pile up in the years to come, this is, by far, probably the best compilation to date.

The first two-hour segment, War on America, deals with events starting back in the 80s that brought bin Laden and Al-Qaeda into being and concludes on September 10th, 2001 detailing the activities of the 19 hijackers the day before they changed the world.

The second segment, Zero Hour, goes through the timeline of September 11th, from Mohammed Atta's departure out of Portland, Maine at 5:45am, to the collapse of the North Tower at 10:28am.

It is a visually gripping and emotional documentary. To hear the phone calls from loved ones on board the hijacked flights, to see the commercial jetliners slam into the Twin Towers, to see human beings fall 100 stories to their deaths. Images and words that you simply cannot get used to, no matter how many times you've seen or heard them.

The final quote from Osama bin Laden put up on the screen at the conclusion of the series summed it up well:

We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.

That, my friends and anti-war protesters, is what we are up against.

**Update** Little Green Footballs and GayPatriot give their reviews.

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