Talk:Hijackers in the September 11 attacks

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The Pakistan ConnectionEdit

Why is there no mention of the involvement of members of Pakistan's Secret Service and Army?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/jul/22/usa.september11 — Preceding unsigned comment added by DrLeonP (talkcontribs) 08:17, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Merge discussionEdit

Per WP:BIO1E and WP:NOTMEMORIAL. The articles about the majority of the hijackers should be merged into this article and it should be expanded. This is a more centralized discussion to one started at Talk:Wail al-Shehri#Merge to Hijackers in the September 11 attacks. This is similar to how content about deceased American individuals of the 2012 Benghazi attack who received significant coverage, were merged into an article American fatalities and injuries of the 2012 Benghazi attack. Individuals on that page, who received significant coverage beyond their connection to the event, retained individual biography articles such as the deceased ambassador. Thus and therefore, it can be argued that a few of the hijackers are notable for things not related to the September 11 attacks, but I think it can be successfully argued that most only received significant coverage due to their relation to the September 11 attacks.
Otherwise, if each of the hijackers received significant coverage because of their connection to the September 11 attacks are notable and BIO1E does not apply, then it could be argued that each of the deceased in each hijacked flights, and that each of the deceased in each of the buildings impacted by those flights, also received significant coverage, and should all have stand alone biography articles.--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 02:18, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

I am not sure that NOTMEMORIAL is app;licalbe as this is not being used as a memorial. But yes I can see an argument for merge as most of them are only notable due to this one event.Slatersteven (talk) 14:31, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Two of those articles—Wail al-Shehri and Khalid al-Mihdhar—are featured content, so of course you couldn't make any substantial changes to them even if you wanted too (per policy). As for the others, I've no particular opinion, except that they all seem to satisfy WP:N and WP:V, being generally backed by WP:RS, and so = WP:ARTICLE.
    I'm not sure if I've misinterpreted your last sentence—if each of the hijackers received significant coverage because of their connection to the September 11 attacks are notable and BIO1E does not apply, then it could be argued that each of the deceased in each hijacked flights, and that each of the deceased in each of the buildings impacted by those flights, also received significant coverage, and should all have stand-alone biography articles—but if the suggestion is that if X has received sufficient coverage to satisfy N, then Y must have too, then, no. Each topic is notable (or otherwise) on its own merits. Which is not to say that none of the victims isn't notable, but if they are, it for themselves. It is, unfortunately, the attacks that were covered in reliable sources; the attackers are an extension of that. The coverage does provide notability for some of the victims; Madeline Amy Sweeney, Betty Ong and Todd Beamer for example.
    WP:BIO1E is certainly a possibility, although of course it's governed by WP:WEIGHT and qualifies itself extensively. Still, interesting discussion though, thanks for raising it. ——SN54129 14:51, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
  • If there is enough content to write a detailed multi-decade bio about one of the hijackers, then that person is 100000% notable. 1E is mostly about low profile people. --In actu (Guerillero) Parlez Moi 19:35, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Per Guerillero, yea, let's just delete Charles Mansen, Sirhan Sirhan, Lee Harvey Oswald too, because they didn't kill thousands of people as the 9/11 terrorists did. I understand the "memorial" aspect is troubling, but WP:1E says (emphasis mine):

    When an individual is significant for his or her role in a single event, it may be unclear whether an article should be written about the individual, the event or both. In considering whether or not to create separate articles, the degree of significance of the event itself and of the individual's role within it should both be considered. The general rule is to cover the event, not the person. However, if media coverage of both the event and the individual's role grow larger, separate articles may become justified. If the event is highly significant, and the individual's role within it is a large one, a separate article is generally appropriate. The assassins of major political leaders, such as Gavrilo Princip, fit into this category, as indicated by the large coverage of the event in reliable sources that devotes significant attention to the individual's role.

    I believe the conditions are met to have articles on these fellows. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 19:50, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
Here is a clue as to why they are not the same "Ziad Jarrah" [[1]], not one book about him on the first page. Lee Harvey Oswald [[2]] multiple, bios of him.Slatersteven (talk) 18:30, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
Factor in 40 years time difference. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 18:43, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
That is an assumption, [[3]] 1967, [[4]] 1967. So they were writing about him (not just the assassination) within 5 years.Slatersteven (talk) 19:06, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
Your google book links show multiple books on the 9/11 hijackers. When one person assassinates a world leader, it is not surprising for bios about that one person to be written. When a group of people murder a larger group of people, it is not surprising for books to combine their biographical information together, as your google search indicates. This apples and oranges brings us back to my quote of WP:1E and that I think these bios meet the conditions given. Otherwise, all hijackers would be in one article (as in the books you cite), which would be a too-large article. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 23:14, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
Not all of the hijackers are notable outside of the context of the September 11 attacks, and not all hijackers have significant coverage in multiple reliable sources even within the context of the September 11 attacks. There maybe a few that do, and those can and would then should have a summary in this article, with a link to their sub-article of this article. However, this article is not even 30k bytes, far smaller that WP:TOOBIG.--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 04:51, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
Yes, its called notability. Yes there are multiple books about the attackers, very few (If any) about each attacker as a individual. that is what "However, if media coverage of both the event and the individual's role grow larger, separate articles may become justified." is about, the "individual's role".Slatersteven (talk) 09:31, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Question How big would this merged article be? Perhaps a draft article can be produced so we have a rough idea? If the proposed merged article is going to be so big that it would need to be split again anyway, this whole discussion would seem to be moot. FDW777 (talk) 18:05, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
Here is the current size measured in prose (I can't speak to how much overlap there is, but don't think simply adding them up is representative):
  1. 1,468 words, this (the main) article:
  2. 6,685 words, Mohamed Atta
  3.    782 words, Abdulaziz al-Omari
  4. 2,236 words, Wail al-Shehri Featured
  5. 1,648 words, Waleed al-Shehri
  6.    823 words, Satam al-Suqami
  7. 2,343 words, Marwan al-Shehhi
  8.    659 words, Fayez Banihammad
  9.    576 words, Mohand al-Shehri
  10.    689 words, Hamza al-Ghamdi
  11.    667 words, Ahmed al-Ghamdi
  12. 2,918 words, Hani Hanjour
  13. 3,539 words, Khalid al-Mihdhar Featured
  14.    877 words, Majed Moqed
  15. 3,422 words, Nawaf al-Hazmi
  16.    871 words, Salem al-Hazmi
  17. 2,818 words, Ziad Jarrah
  18. 1,046 words, Ahmed al-Haznawi
  19. 1,260 words, Ahmed al-Nami
  20. 1,047 words, Saeed al-Ghamdi

So, while some of that is repeated wording across articles, that is likely offset by the amount that probably could be added to the smaller articles if one searched for more reliable sources. Still uncertain if merely adding these up gives a representative number, but it clearly would be a larger article than WP:SIZE recommends. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 19:21, 4 March 2020 (UTC)

  • Oppose pending evidence the proposed article definitely wouldn't need splitting. Thank you @SandyGeorgia:. FDW777 (talk) 11:35, 8 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose per "When an individual is significant for his or her role in a single event, it may be unclear whether an article should be written about the individual, the event or both. In considering whether or not to create separate articles, the degree of significance of the event itself and of the individual's role within it should both be considered. The general rule is to cover the event, not the person. However, if media coverage of both the event and the individual's role grow larger, separate articles may become justified." in the cited policy. 9/11 is the biggest event of the century so far and a defining event in world history (because of the way the world changed), the nomination seems to be in response to the fact the Benghazi attack victims don't have individual articles but there's a MASSIVE difference in the scope/scale of 9/11. If this passes than articles like Madeline Amy Sweeney, Betty Ong, Todd Beamer, Jeremy Glick, Mark Bingham, Welles Crowther, LeRoy Homer Jr., Kevin Cosgrove, Tom Burnett, John Ogonowski, Lauren Grandcolas and Melissa Doi and many others will have to be deleted under the same "Per WP:BIO1E and WP:NOTMEMORIAL" rationale and merged into a "Victims of 9/11" article, does that sound good?. We don't play favourites to the good vs bad people, especially considering the perpetrators are more essential to covering the attack than the victims and will still be written about in 2500. A mega, world changing event means that normal rules are thrown away. Why merge featured articles into a bland article? It boils down to this; the 2012 Benghazi attack won't be written about in 2800, heck Libyan Civil War (2011) probably won't be either - but 9/11 will define this century forever. Just like St. Bartholomew's Day massacre is still written about. GuzzyG (talk) 23:08, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose merge per SandyGeorgia and others above; just one article would not be appropriate and would likely be too long. PCN02WPS (talk | contribs) 18:19, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose merge per SandyGeorgia and GuzzyG just one article will be too long.September 11 attacks is too significant and given the scale of the event and degree of significance of the event itself and of the individual's role within it clearly justify it.Just as Lee Harvey Oswald has a separate article and not merely mentioned in the Assassination of John F. KennedyPharaoh of the Wizards (talk) 18:00, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose: the profiles are famous and sourced enough for stand-alone articles. Like John Wilkes Booth—there's was no American who didn't know these people. --Foghe (talk) 16:59, 5 July 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose: WP:NOTMEMORIAL is made moot by WP:PERPETRATOR and WP:BIO1E states that If the event is highly significant, and the individual's role within it is a large one, a separate article is generally appropriate. Alcaios (talk) 17:03, 7 July 2020 (UTC)
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