Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Today In History: War on a Noun.

On this date in 1993, a van full of explosives detonated in the parking garage under the World Trade Center. It killed six, and over one thousand were injured, most during the subsequent evacuation. The blast blew a four-story deep crater in the underground parking garage, as well as igniting a firestorm of finger-pointing, posturing, and legislation-proposing as far away as Washington, DC. In the end, some Arabs were jailed, some bills were passed and others were shot down, some Americans were inconvenienced, and we all lived happily ever after. Well, at least for eight more years...

3 comments:

The Duck said...

Really the entire thing was a blur, I was flat on my back with the worst flu I ever had, I kept wondering why the Branch Davidians were attacking the ATF in New York, & none of it made sense for about a week

Ian said...

Per my memories and Wikipedia (sourcing an MSNBC interview) the bomb in question could have brough down the Tower is was laid in (it was too far away from the foundation; but could have been placed closer).

A wake-up call that a disorganized enemy can still get lucky (and then unlucky again).

Anonymous said...

Coming out of NY City that night, by bus and up into NJ from the Lincoln Tunnel, you could look back at both towers. One was lit; the other stood like a shadow of the first.
I was in Denver on 9/11 and, like most who spent any time in the City, wept for those I knew - and didn't know - who were lost.
OldeForce