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September 11_01 ---- 911

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The death toll and reports of the destruction from the terrorist attacks on the US were deplorable acts that we will never forget. People ask: "Where was God when this happened!?."

World Trade Center were places of employment for some 50,000 people. With the missing list of over 5,000 people, 90% of the people targeted escaped the attack. If the towers had toppled, as a tree, the 1,500-foot structure would have killed untold thousands. The buildings collapsed straight down not affecting other nearby buildings.

The Pentagon: Some 23,000 people were the target of a third plane aimed at the Pentagon. Only 123 lost their lives at the Pentagon. Thankfully 99.5% survived. In addition, the plane seems to have come in too low, too early to affect a large portion of the building. On top of that, the section that was hit was the first of five sections to undergo renovations that would help protect the Pentagon from terrorist attacks. It had recently completed straightening and blast proofing, saving untold lives

American Airlines Flight 77: This Boeing 757 that was flown into the outside of the Pentagon could have carried up to 289 people, yet only 64 were aboard. Thankfully 78% of the seats were empty.

American Airlines Flight 11: This Boeing 767 could have had up to 351 people aboard, but only carried 92. Thankfully 74% of the seats were unfilled.

United Airlines Flight 175: Another Boeing 767 that could have sat 351 people only had 65 people on board. Thankfully 81% of the seats were empty.

United Airlines Flight 93: This Boeing 757 was one of the most uplifting stories yet. The smallest flight to be hijacked with only 45 people aboard out of a possible 289 had 84% of its capacity unused. Yet these people stood up to the attackers and thwarted a fourth attempted destruction of a national landmark, saving untold numbers of lives in the process.

In Summary Out of potentially 74,280 Americans directly targeted by these cowards, 93% survived or avoided the attacks. That's a higher survival rate than heart attacks, breast cancer, kidney transplants and liver transplants - all common, survivable illnesses. The Hijacked planes were mostly empty, the Pentagon was hit at it's strongest point, the overwhelming majority of people in the World Trade Center buildings escaped, and a handful of passengers gave the ultimate sacrifice to save even more lives.

Where was God on September 11th?

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