One thing I've been wondering about ever since 9/11 is whether the date was randomly chosen, or if it was chosen specifically for its resemblance to the American emergency hotline 9-1-1 (or something else)?
It seems like a fairly bizarre coincidence for such a devastating attack to take place on the one day of the year whose date roughly translates to "disaster," but then it also seems rather odd (and kind of comic-book-villain-y, frankly) to time an attack in such a themed way. Also, the rest of the world (as I understand it) would write the date 11-9-2001, which would seem to argue against the connection, except that it was targeted against one of the only nations who would write it 9-11-2001.
Have any Al-Qaida prisoners or documents revealed whether there was any thought put into the timing of the 9/11 attacks? Was the 9-1-1 connection purely coincidental? Were the attacks timed to coincide with something else, like an anniversary of something or a date with special meaning to Al-Qaida or bin Laden? Was there something about early September that made the attacks easier to pull off? Or was the date just chosen at random, without any larger significance at all?
I haven't seen any interviews, exposés, documents or anything else that would point one way or the other. Has anyone seen any definitive word on this?