Boeing 767’s are also known as “The Queen of the North Atlantic” because it flies the most over the Atlantic Ocean.
As I am on the phone with him, I hear the fear in his voice. A once strong person, who shows no weaknesses, is now afraid. My father. He tells me he is okay. He is safe. What he had seen is far scarier than anything he has ever seen in his 46 years of life. The tremble in his voice amplifies the story as he starts the story the night before.
The First Crusade, from 1095-1099 AD, had as its explicit aim the capture of the city of Jerusalem in Palestine from the Muslims.
For my father’s business, they have customers and try to accommodate them by taking them out to dinner and giving them tickets to games. He continues to tell me that the night before he took three customers for dinner. After dinner, he had to get back to his office. But the only way to get back is to take the Path train from the World Trade Center over to Jersey City. One of the customers, however, worked in the World Trade Center and was driving the other two customers home. So they walked through the plenty of shops under the World Trade Center and said goodbye to my father as he got on the train. He arrived home shortly after 11:00 pm and got ready for bed.
Its full length is 61.37m and 16.87 m in height. The cabin is 46.79 m long, 4.72 maximum in width, and 2.87 m maximum in height.
It is May 19, 2001. Waleed M. Al-Shehri flew from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport, the Bahamas, from his home Asir Province, a poor region in southwestern Saudi Arabia. He had reservations with two other colleagues at the Bahamas Princess Resort. The two colleagues were turned away by Bahamian officials on arrival because they lacked visas. They returned to Florida that same day to meet up with Al-Shehri. Many investigators felt that they likely took this trip to renew one colleague’s immigration status, as his legal stay in the United States ended May 21.
In this aim, it was successful – and the Europeans managed to hang on to an outpost in Palestine for nearly two hundred years before finally being driven out by the Muslims. By nightfall of June 3, 1099, the city was in the European hands—and every non-White who had foolishly remained behind in the city was dead.
It is July 30, 2001, Al-Shehri traveled alone from Fort Lauderdale to Boston. He flew to San Francisco the next day, where he stayed one night before returning via Las Vegas. Al-Shehri traveled in first class on a Boeing 767, which is used for East-Coast-to-West-Coast flights and the trip included a layover in Las Vegas. Al-Shehri never had experience with driving planes; however, he felt a sense of comfort when noticing all the controls in this particular type of plane. He became confident for what lies ahead.
The Boeing 767 holds a maximum of 375 passengers in three classes: first class, business class, and economy seating.
He was at his office in Jersey City on time. Everything showed signs of a normal day. He started his basic routine he goes through every day, every Tuesday. As he starts writing out a bond, the building rumbles. He leaned back in his chair. The scene he saw confused him.
As the Crusaders approached, the Muslim defenders started killing all the remaining Whites in the city, along with any non-White Christians who had the misfortune to be present.
A puff of smoke lifted from the North tower of the World Trade Center. Another little plane went off course again and had an accident a coworker had thought. But as he sat there still looking at the window, he thought the whole in the tower was far too big for a little plane. At that moment, he saw a commercial jet Boeing 767 swing by the Statue of Liberty and head for the South tower. Immediately he knew this was far from an accident.
A Boeing 767 has the biggest fuel capacity of 91.370 kiloliters.
His office sat in silence as they watched the news coverage on the televisions. Just then, the phone rang on my father’s desk. He proceeded to pick up the phone. The person on the end of the receiver was the customer from last night. He was in the North tower and wanted to know what was happening. My father informed him that a plane has hit his building and to get out as soon as possible. The customer told my father he had to go. My father hung up the phone and looked towards his boss. His boss stood there with a blank face. My father told him to evacuate everyone. The buildings alarms go off and every gets out.
U.S airline screening procedures make it virtually impossible to smuggle guns aboard.
It is now September 11th, 2001. Al-Shehri boards the B767 American Airlines Flight 11 in Boston, Massachusetts at 8:00 am. Al-Shehri took his own life at 8:46 am when he crashed the commercial jet into the North tower of the World Trade Center. No one has a recollection of what happened during those last 46 minutes of his life. Most do realize that Al-Shehri did have in mind that this airplane had extra fuel and would make a great bomb. His colleagues and he used pocket knives rather than guns to make this mission possible. His mission was successful, perhaps more successful than he would ever have imagined. The towers fell and killed over 2,000 Americans alone. To him, his suicide must have been worth it.
Flights from the East Coast to the West Coast carry extra fuel.
Instead of going home that day, he went to our country club. That is where the phone call is coming from. I sit there listening as tears run down my face as he goes on explaining the phone call he received five minutes ago. The company of the customer he was with the night before cannot be found. Since my father’s company records all phone calls for security reasons, the company needed the tape of the customer calling to make sure he was definitely inside the building. My father did not realize that when they said goodbye that night, it was forever.
The White English army, which had originally meant to take part in the crusade, stopped in what is now Portugal and instead attacked the Muslim occupied city of Lisbon, helping to drive out the Moors from northern Portugal.
It is November 2001. The country has come together, helping with the debris, the bodies, and the injured. The talks about how the colors of our flag do not run and this will not tear this country apart lie on every bridge, wall, and building throughout the nation. How could this not affect our country? People lost their families. How could someone do this?
Waleed M. Al-Shehri is of Saudi Arabian descent. His religion is Muslim. He has used birth dates from 1974 to 1979 on various documents. He was in the United States on a nonimmigrant Visa expiring on October 24, 2000. He would then go back to his family. His family consisting of a father, a mother, a wife, a daughter or a son. Waleed is a family man. He would do anything for them, even if that meant his life.
There are usually 10 crew members aboard East-to-West-Coast flights.
My father grew up in a family of a mother, a father, and two sisters. He has an education through college at Seton Hall University and a MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson. His family now consists of my mom, my sister, and me. My father protects us in a way that any father would. He does everything he can to keep us safe.
This was significant as it showed that the Crusades were now a war against non-White Islamics anywhere they could be found- not specifically against just the Muslims in Jerusalem.
Growing up, Waleed learned how back before he was born, his parents were born, and his grandparents were born, White people killed many innocent Muslims. Why would they do this? Simply because they are evil. From that time on, Waleed knew to look out for those White people.
It takes $10,000 to fill the fuel tank.
My father kept up with politics throughout his life. It started back when his father would listen to the radio with him and read the newspapers. We live in a conservative town so many can guess that he is a republican. He follows the presidential candidates as the time for re-electing rolls around.
Throughout the years, he saw many presidents facing a dispute with Saddam Hussein and his followers. Most Americans did. That could be the explanation for how Americans feel towards Middle-Eastern people: hate, anger, confusion.
The maximum fuel weight of 77.545 kg.
Waleed’s country faces a dispute with the United States. They always are in his country’s way. Those Americans always think they are the biggest, the strongest, and the rulers of the world. Waleed is part of a group that wanted to protect his country from the United States’ harm. Waleed’s group knew that this is the last time the US would get in their way. They want to do anything they can to protect their country, their families. They need to send a message, a type of threat, to make them back-off.
It is December 2001. Waleed’s wife, his daughter, his son, think about Waleed constantly, knowing he is a hero to his country, to his family. They feel a sense of loss without a father, a husband. But own a sense of freedom and satisfaction, knowing the “bad” people are hurting, are struggling. Their father helped do this. To them, they have heroism in their blood.
Mid-week flights have a less chance of a full load of passengers.
My father always sat my sister and me down to talk about the dangers of life: drugs, alcohol, burglary, terrorism, etc. But he never made it sound scary because I always knew he would be there for me. No matter what happened, he is there to listen to me, comfort me, and protect me. He will risk anything to help us. That is who he is. He is a protector, a guardian, a father. Without him, my family would be unprotected, vulnerable, and open to danger. For him, he will risk his life for any one in my family, especially my sister and me.
According to the account of one Crusader, the next morning when he went to visit the Temple area he had to work his way through corpses and blood that reached his knees.
How can one world be split into many different worlds between many different countries and cultures? One act can be seen as a violent, immoral act, when others see it as a heroic act of bravery. Would the violent act have been different if someone else’s father protected his family and another person’s innocent father died? No one will know. But I do know that if my father had the chance to risk his life to save mine, he would do it in a heart beat.
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I want to acknowledge m y roommates, Megan Andrews, Amanda Gochee, and Christina Cavallaro for helping me think of my topic. My father for allowing me to use his story. And I also would like to acknowledge Professor Joseph Conlin for helping me throughout the essay and helping me get all my information together.
Kerri Wadeyka is studying at Quinnipiac Univeristy. She took the subject of 9/11 using an essay format used by Susan Griffin.
Copyright 2005, Kerri Wadeyka. This work is protected under the U.S. copyright laws. It may not be reproduced, reprinted, reused, or altered without the expressed written permission of the author.