This Day in History

September 11

  • 1970 — In Laos the US Operation Tailwind began with the objectives of reconnaissance, intelligence collection, and a diversion for a larger operation to the north. In 1998 it was reported that the secret raid called Operation Tailwind by a Special Forces unit called the Studies and Observations Group (SOG) used the nerve gas, Sarin, in Laos to kill American armed service members who had defected. A report in 1998 allegedly confirmed that over 100 people were killed including up to 20 American military defectors. Adm. Thomas Moorer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time (1970-1974), confirmed in 1998 that nerve gas was used. CNN and Time magazine later recanted the story due to insufficient evidence.

  • 2001 — The September 11 attacks, a series of coordinated suicide attacks killing 2,996 people using four aircraft hijacked by 19 members of al-Qaeda. Two aircraft crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, a third crashes into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

  2 comments for “This Day in History

  1. alstacer
    September 11, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Being born on an Air Force base and living in six different states as part of an Air Force family before my teen years, I felt and still feel proud my dad was a pilot who served in WWII and Korea. At the SAC bases we lived on the sign at entry was “Peace is our profession”. What misguided fear could lead us to use nerve gas on deserters and bomb thousands of civilians?

    Maybe there is a strong link between tactics we used in the ‘70’s and later and the hatred sown
    that prompted suicide bombings against us in 2001…

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 11, 2018 at 12:49 PM

      Thanks for joining the conversation, Al. The Lioness and her family frequently moved around the country before all of us met up in FTL. Her dad was a base relief commander in the Naval Reserve following active duty in WWII and Korea so I have a bit of an understanding of what you and your family went through. I can see how your past experiences contrast so sharply with what went on in the ’70s.

      Perhaps the Wheel of Karma has taken a turn and we are paying the price for our past indiscretions. If that’s what is happening, the Future is looking grim, at best.


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