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9/11 commemorations enhanced by Russian memorial

Seventeen years after the most devastating terrorist attack in US history, the nation and the world still remembers.

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Seventeen years ago, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the United States and much of the world was shocked, stunned and saddened by the horrific attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Two Boeing 767 jetliners were targeted, one for each of the two 110-story skyscrapers; a 757 was used against the Pentagon, and a fourth plane also a Boeing 757, was apparently intended to strike the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, but a passenger uprising ensued, resulting in the crash of that aircraft in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,996 people lost their lives in instants that day, and over six thousand others were injured directly in the attacks, with more victims succumbing to cancer and respiratory-related diseases in the years that passed.

Over 18,000 people now have to deal with various types of illnesses sustained by the aftermath of the attacks. More than three thousand children lost at least one parent that day.

For all of us who are old enough to remember this day nationally and even across the world, this was a horrific event. For those of us who lived in and around New York City, the experience was surreal. All air traffic shut down for five days nationwide, resulting in an eerie sense of quiet across the city and the suburbs. Fear and rumors of further attacks had many citizens on edge for days.

New York City was rendered inaccessible for days to all but emergency personnel and a very few regular people. The site where the World Trade Center used to stand burned for three months, despite it constantly being doused with water every day. For all three months, smoke could be seen rising from Lower Manhattan by anyone who could see the city.

Monument in Bayonne, NJ, USA, commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, a gift from Russia to the United States.

Most of the world responded with sadness and solidarity that day. Even adversaies, such as Iran’s leadership, while yet at enmity with the United States, acknowledged the tragedy of the attack and suspended the “death to America” chants that were usually repeated during Friday prayers. In 2006 Russia gave the United States a sculpture of a teardrop as a gift and as an expression of support. That sculpture still stands in Bayonne, New Jersey to this day. A description of the monument and its history follow:

To the Struggle Against World Terrorism (also known as the Tear of Grief and the Tear Drop Memorial) is a 10–story sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks in 2001 (26 of whom were Russian) and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. It stands at the end of the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey. Groundbreaking was done on September 16, 2005, in a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and was dedicated on September 11, 2006, in a ceremony attended by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.[2][4]

The sculpture is composed of a 100-foot (30 m) bronze-clad tower split with a jagged opening in the middle in which hangs a large nickel-surfaced teardrop, 40 feet (12 m) high. The eleven sides of the monument’s base bear granite name plates, on which are etched the names of those who died in the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. However, like some other 9/11 memorials, the dedication was based on an outdated compilation and contains about forty people who were removed from later victim listings.

 

Tsereteli did not disclose the cost of the sculpture except to say that he paid for labor and materials. A lawyer for the sculptor released the cost at about $12 million. Tsereteli said metals for the sculpture were obtained “From a military factory that did airplanes. In Dzerzhinsk. A secret city.”

The world has changed quite a lot since that time. Even the nature of the attacks has been called into question on repeated occasions, as to who “truly” orchestrated them, and why, and much ado has been made of the American realignment towards aggressive action against entities suspected of terrorism. All of this has its proper place, of course. Doing wrong in response to a wrong is still wrong, and the same applies to doing what is right in response. Sometimes people – and nations – make hard choices.

But the most important thing that this day reminds us of is that almost none of the 2,996 people who met their end that day had any idea, wish or plan to do so. Nineteen men, united by hatred of the United States, thought it expedient to take out so many innocent people to further their political cause.

To treat human beings as such expendable commodities is perhaps the biggest horror of this attack, as with all terrorism. To assume that other people’s lives simply do not matter, that they are not sacred gifts of God, this is the tragedy of this and every such attack.

There will be wars and rumors of wars until the very last day. This we are told. But the commemoration of the September 11, 2001 attacks reminds us that this is a choice we make, each and every day. It is not necessary to waste human lives to make any point. Truth, love, humility, these values are what make a people great. Even in war, the country that wins is usually the country that relies on these principles and on their Creator for the strength to fight and die with honor, even to the point of treating the enemy with honor and mercy.

This event calls us not just to fight corporeal evil wherever it exists, but also to fight that evil in ourselves that makes it possible for anyone to come to treat anyone else as of less than infinite value. In our turbulent times, this is the challenge we all must face.

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“Two Boeing 767 jetliners were targeted, one for each of the two 110-story skyscrapers; a 757 was used against the Pentagon, and a fourth plane also a Boeing 757, was apparently intended to strike the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, but a passenger uprising ensued, resulting in the crash of that aircraft in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. ”

WHO WROTE THIS PILE OF CRAP ? Soros ? Cheney ? Rumsfeld ? yeahh.. sure… a plane in the Pentagon…and another one in WTC 7,…..

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Pile of crap is still a compliment!

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So, the author of this rubbish continues to spout the LIES about the attack in New York. Those of us with an IQ above our shoe size know full well this was a cia/mossad false flag, designed to bring about the “patriot act” and start the destruction of the Middle East on behalf of Isra-hell.

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Does the author of this 9/11 religious prece can show to the reader of the DURAN a single photo/video where we can all see the debris of the crashed plane in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania?

I’m not even going to waste more time about all the other FACTS that dismiss this stupid – to say the least – prece…

I do not know what type of drugs Seraphim Hanisch is ingesting but he should stop doing so because its affecting his brain capabilities!

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I don’t believe the government account about 9/11, either. That said, this memorial is a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11/01. It is the only one that says in stone what I feel when I think of that day. It galls me that it was put in a place where few even know it exists, and that it has not been maintained properly (water is supposed to drip from the tear drop). This was a beautiful expression from the people of Russia to America. Sadly, it is also a metaphor for our relations with Russia in this… Read more »

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Peace on Korean Peninsula within reach, if only Trump can remove Pompeo & Bolton (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss the results of the Putin-Kim summit in Vladivostok, Russia, aimed at boosting bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries, as well as working to contribute to a final peace settlement on the Korean peninsula.

Putin’s meeting with Kim may prove to be a pivotal diplomatic moment, as North Korea continues to work towards normalizing ties with the U.S. amidst ongoing denuclearization talks with the Trump White House.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un needs international security guarantees if he is to end his nuclear programme.

Such guarantees would need to be offered within a multinational framework, he added, following talks near Vladivostok in Russia’s far east.

Mr Kim praised the summit as a “very meaningful one-on-one exchange”.

Mr Putin said North Korea’s leader was “fairly open” and had “talked freely on all issues that were on the agenda”.

The meeting followed the breakdown of talks between the US and North Korea in February, when Mr Kim met US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Those talks reportedly stalled over North Korea’s demand for full economic sanctions relief in return for some denuclearisation commitments – a deal the US was not willing to make.

Speaking after the talks on Thursday, Mr Putin said he wanted to see full denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.

But he said this could only be achieved through respect for international law.

“We need to restore the power of international law, to return to a state where international law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world,” he said.

Mr Kim greeted Russian officials warmly when he arrived in Russia on Wednesday.

The North Korean leader was entertained by a brass band in Vladivostok before he got inside a car flanked by bodyguards, who – in now familiar scenes – jogged alongside the vehicle as it departed.

What do we know about the summit?

According to the Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin believes the six-party talks on North Korea, which are currently stalled, are the only efficient way of addressing the issue of nuclear weapons on the peninsula.

Those talks, which began in 2003, involve the two Koreas as well as China, Japan, Russia and the US.

“There are no other efficient international mechanisms at the moment,” Mr Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

“But, on the other hand, efforts are being made by other countries. Here all efforts merit support as long as they really aim at de-nuclearisation and resolving the problem of the two Koreas.”

What do both sides want?

This visit is being widely viewed as an opportunity for North Korea to show it has powerful allies following the breakdown of the talks with the US in February.

The country has blamed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the collapse of the Hanoi summit. Earlier this month North Korea demanded that Mr Pompeo be removed from nuclear talks, accusing him of “talking nonsense” and asking for someone “more careful” to replace him.

The summit is also an opportunity for Pyongyang to show that its economic future does not depend solely on the US. Mr Kim may try to put pressure on Moscow to ease sanctions.

Analysts say the summit is an opportunity for Russia to show that it is an important player on the Korean peninsula.

President Putin has been eager to meet the North Korean leader for quite some time. Yet amid the two Trump-Kim summits, the Kremlin has been somewhat sidelined.

Russia, like the US and China, is uncomfortable with North Korea being a nuclear state.

How close are Russia and North Korea?

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union (of which Russia is the main successor state) maintained close military and trade links with its communist ally, North Korea, for ideological and strategic reasons.

After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, trade links with post-communist Russia shrank and North Korea leaned towards China as its main ally.

Under President Putin, Russia recovered economically and in 2014 he wrote off most of North Korea’s Soviet-era debt in a major goodwill gesture.

While it is arguable how much leverage Russia has with the North today, the communist state still regards it as one of the least hostile foreign powers.

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Putin meets Kim for the first time (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at the historic meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.

The meeting marks the first ever summit between the two leaders.

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Leaders of Russia and North Korea sat down for a historic summit in Vladivostok, expressing hope it will revive the peace process in the Korean Peninsula and talks on normalizing relations with the US.

The summit on Russky Island, just off Vladivostok, started a little late because President Vladimir Putin’s flight was delayed. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made the trip by train, arriving on Wednesday.

In brief public remarks before the talks, the two leaders expressed hope the summit will help move forward the reconciliation process in the Korean Peninsula. Putin welcomed Kim’s contributions to “normalizing relations” with the US and opening a dialogue with South Korea.

Kim said he hoped the Vladivostok summit would be a “milestone” in the talks about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, but also build upon “traditionally friendly ties” between Russia and North Korea.

The North Korean leader also made a point of thanking Putin for flying all the way to Vladivostok for the meeting. The Far East Russian city is only 129 kilometers from the border with North Korea.

The historic summit takes place less than two months after Kim’s second summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi fell apart without a breakthrough on denuclearization. The US rejected North Korea’s request for partial sanctions relief in return for moves to dismantle nuclear and missile programs; Washington insists on full disarmament before any sanctions are removed.

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the main subject of the Kim-Putin summit, but there will also be talks about bilateral relations, trade, and humanitarian aid. The first one-on-one meeting is scheduled to last about an hour, followed by further consultations involving other government officials.

Following the summit, Putin is scheduled to visit China.

 

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Kim And Putin: Changing The State Of The Board In Korea

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

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Authored by Tom Luongo:


Today is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.

At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.

This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.

It wasn’t.

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

I know that sounds bold. But hear me out.

And while no one seems to think this meeting is important or that anything of substance will come from it I do. It is exactly the kind of surprise that Putin loves to spring on the world without notice and by doing so change the board state of geopolitics.

  • Russia’s entrance into Syria in 2015, two days after Putin’s historic speech at the U.N. General Assembly
  • 2018’s State of the Union address where he announced hypersonic missiles, embarrassing the U.S. Militiary-Industrial Complex which accelerated the Bolton Doctrine of subjugating the world
  • Flying 2 TU-160 nuclear-armed bombers to Venezuela, creating panic in D.C. leading to the ham-fisted regime change operations there.
  • Nationalization of Yukos.
  • The operation to secure Crimea from U.S. invasion by marines aboard the U.S.S Donald Cook during the Ukrainian uprising against Viktor Yanukovich.

Both Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping are angry at the breakdown of the talks in Hanoi back in February. It was clear that everyone expected that meeting to be a rubber stamp on a deal already agreed to by all parties involved.

In fact the two meetings between Kim and Trump were only possible because Trump convinced them of his sincerity to resolve the ‘denuclearization’ of North Korea which would clear a path to rapid reunification.

It’s why they went along with the U.S.’s increased sanctions on North Korea as administered through the U.N. in 2017.

That John Bolton and Mike Pompeo destroyed those talks and Trump was unwilling or unable (who cares at this point, frankly, useless piece of crap that he is) to stop them embarrassed and betrayed them.

They are now done with Trump.

He’ll get nothing from either of them or Kim until Trump can prove he’s in charge of his administration, which he, clearly, is not.

And they will be moving forward with their own agenda for security and Asian economic integration. So I don’t think the timing of this meeting with that of the Belt and Road Forum is an accident.

And that means moving forward on solving the Korea problem without Trump.

It is clear from the rhetoric of Putin’s top diplomat, the irreplaceable Sergei Lavrov, that Russia’s patience is over. They are no longer interested in what Trump wants and they will now treat the U.S. as a threat, having upped their military stance towards the U.S. to that of “Threat.”

If Bolton wants anything from Russia at this point he best be prepared to start a war or piss off.

This is also why Russia took the gloves off with Ukraine in the run up to the Presidential elections, cutting off energy and machinery exports with Ukraine.

To put paid Putin’s growing impatience with U.S. policies, he just issued the order to allow residents of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to apply for Russian passports.

This will send Bolton into apoplexy. Angela Merkel of Germany will be none too pleased either. Putin is now playing hardball after years of unfailing politeness.

It’s also why Lavrov finalized arms and port deals all over the Middle East in recent weeks, including those with Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and India.

Bolton, Pompeo and Pence are ideologues. Trump is a typical Baby Boomer, who lives in a bubble of his own design and believes in an America that never existed.

None of them truly understand the fires they are stoking and simply believe in the Manifest Destiny of the U.S. to rule the world over a dim and barbaric world.

Putin, Xi, Rouhani in Iran and Kim in North Korea are pragmatic men. They understand the realities they live in. This is why I see Putin willing tomorrow to sit down with Kim and flaunt the U.N. sanctions and begin the investment process into North Korea that should have begun last year.

Putin would not be making these moves if he didn’t feel that Bolton was all bark and no bite when it came to actual war with Russia. He also knows that Germany needs him more than he needs Germany so despite the feet-dragging and rhetoric Nordstream 2 will go forward.

Trade is expanding between them despite the continued sanctions.

Putin may be willing to cut a deal with President-elect Zelensky on gas transit later in the year but only if the shelling of the LPR and DPR stops and he guarantees no more incidents in the Sea of Azov. This would also mollify Merkel a bit and make it easier for her politically to get Nordstream 2 over the finish line.

There are moments in history when people go too far. Bolton and Pompeo went too far in Hanoi. He will pay the price now. Putin and Kim will likely agree to something in Vladivostok that no one is expecting and won’t look like much at first.

But the reality is this summit itself marks a turning point in this story that will end with the U.S. being, in Trump’s transactional parlance, a “price taker” since it has so thoroughly failed at being a “price maker.”

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