“18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” the paper tweeted from its official account on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the attacks that were plotted and carried out by Islamic terrorists hell-bent on delivering a major blow to “the Great Satan,” America.
As Infowars reported, the backlash to the insensitive, inaccurate, and wholly inappropriate tweet was harsh and immediate.
“Imagine what it takes, as a newsroom with a huge editorial process, to get 9/11 so offensively incorrect. Scumbags,” tweeted Raheem Kassam, a conservative author.
Others were equally outraged by the statement — so much so that the Times eventually took down the original and issued this statement, via Twitter: “We’ve deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated,” the paper’s official account said.
A user named “Terrie” wrote, “The airplanes didn’t fly themselves into the buildings, into the Pentagon or crash in a field in Pennsylvania. Just once, could you write like you love America?”
Wrote another user, “It’s #September11th. What do liberals have to say about it? @IlhanMN: Some people did something. @nytimes: Some airplanes did something. #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder.”
To review, the attackers — all Islamic extremists associated with the terrorist group Al Qaeda — took over four American jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001, a clear, bright, sunny day along the East Coast of the United States. (Related: 9/11 anniversary plus 18: ‘Truther’ conspiracies still dominate despite eyewitness accounts, facts proving America was attacked that day.)
Of the 19 hijackers, 15 were of Saudi Arabian descent, just like Osama bin Laden, the then-leader of Al Qaeda. One was Egyptian, one was Lebanese, and two were from the United Arab Emirates.
Almost all of them were in their early to mid-20s.
“At 8:46 a.m., Flight 11 hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:03 a.m., Flight 175 crashed into the south tower. The south tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m., less than an hour after being hit, and the north tower fell at 10:28 a.m., causing massive damage to the rest of the complex and nearby buildings,” the History Channel recounted.
In sum, 2,595 people inside the twin World Trade Center towers were killed along with the 157 people aboard the two flights that struck them.
“At 9:37 a.m. on September 11, 2001, a jet engine roared low over traffic in Washington, D.C. The airplane, the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, sliced through three light poles in the Pentagon parking lot before slamming into the first floor of the building and exploding in a fireball, instantly killing 125 people inside the Pentagon plus all 64 passengers onboard, including the five hijackers,” the site noted further.
Finally, United Airlines Flight 93, a non-stop flight from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco, crashed into a field in Western Pennsylvania after passengers and crew fought the four hijackers aboard. They managed to breach the cockpit causing the plane to crash into a field rather than the White House, where U.S. intelligence officials believe the plane was headed.
The attack triggered the war in Afghanistan, which continues to this day. Also, it led President George W. Bush and Congress to authorize military force to oust then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power. He was subsequently captured, tried, and hanged by the Iraqi government.
To blame such a history-changing event on an inanimate object — airplanes — and not the ideology that led to the attack — Islamic extremism — is a new low in anti-Americanism from a newspaper that regularly trashes our country.