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Thoughts on 9/11

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   This Sunday will be the tenth anniversary of the murderous attacks by Muslim hijackers that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. This is one of the moments in time when you remember where you were and what you were doing. There are two that I remember.

   The first was the JFK assassination. I was a Junior in High School and was on hall duty. One of the doors of a classroom was thrown open and out came the teacher in tears. I went to the teacher and asked what was going on. She could barely get out the words that the president had been assassinated.

   Classes were dismissed and I went to the drugstore on a nearby corner where my friends and I hung out. Instead of the boisterous, joking crowd, all my classmates were quite and confused, exchange furtive glances, speaking in low tones, and wondering what was next.

    The attack on 9/11 was the other remembrance day. I was working at home and I usually keep the TV on just to have some background noise. I had a news channel on when the first bulletins came through. I went to the TV and stood affixed for hours while events unfolded.

   I initially thought it was an accident, but when the second tower was hit, it all became painfully clear. Then came the reports about the Pentagon and the crash inPennsylvania. I was in a mixed emotional state.

   I was appalled by attack inNew York. I saw the films of the people jumping to their deaths and the collapse of the twin towers. These people were office workers, members of restaurant staffs and first responders. They would be hard pressed to place on a map such countries as Yemen or Bahrain. They had harmed no one.

   I was resigned to the fact that the Pentagon was, in fact, a military target. Never the less, such an attack might be expected, if not thwarted. Still there were more civilians killed than military.

   I had some pride about the crash inPennsylvania. I remember thinking, “At least they fought back”. Their heroism prevented many more deaths since the target was reported to be the White House or the Capitol Building.

   However, the action that brought me to a cold fury I had not experienced in over 30 years was the Muslim reaction to the attacks. Throughout theMiddle East, the people took to the streets and rejoiced. That was more than I could bear.

   But take heart. In 2004 when the tsunami hitIndonesia, a country with 88.2% Muslim population, we reacted by sending humanitarian aid. Our military was flying rescue missions and search and rescue teams from all over the country rushed to the assistance of the citizens of that stricken country. The USN Hospital Ship ‘Mercy’ was immediately on the scene.

   Schools, churches, civic groups, and individuals came together and organized food drives and collected clothing and blankets to send to the Muslim nation.

   What separates us from those who revel in our tragedies is that God has indeed blessedAmerica and we are willing to share those blessings with everyone.© 2011, HarmonyCounty



Written by harmonycounty

September 8, 2011 at 4:42 p09

Posted in Americana, Politics

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