9/12/2011

Reflections on 911

This is a post I should have made on Friday since I only post twice a week now. I also post twice a week on my new political blog (The Right Commentary). So, as usual, I am a day late and several dollars short. But, it is better late than never, especially for a day that will always live in infamy for Americans. I suppose everyone can remember where they were on September 11, 2001. I know someone who said he was taking a shower, came out of the shower to see his wife in tears. He asked her if she was still mad at him about making an ass out of himself at the office party the previous night. She turned to him, with tears in her eyes, and said, "America is under attack." My friend said those words would haunt him for the rest of his life.

Me personally, I was at a Shoney's Restaurant in Florence, Alabama with my wife (ex-wife now). We were leaving and I noticed everyone was watching the TVs that were stationed overhead. I saw one tower on fire. But, I thought this was film of the '93 WTC attack. As I recall, the terrorists who did that were in court during this time. It was only when we got home that I realized that this was one of those days that you would remember all of your life. My wife and I could not take our eyes off the TV all day and into the night. I felt great sadness for the thousands of people I knew had perished. I also felt great anger for the scum that did this to our country. It seems that our enemies always take our wish for peace as a sign of weakness. Japan made that mistake in WWII. Osama bin Laden and his fundamentalist zealots made the same mistake on 911. One thing about this country; in time of war, we come together as one. Age, race, religion, natural origin does not matter. If you attack one of us, you attack all of us. I am positive al qaeda did not expect the kind of response they have received over the past ten years.

I thought about how much of my life has changed since that day in September of 2001. I've had a divorce, suffered through Hurricane Katrina, had a near death experience with an emergency gall bladder operation and an assortment of life events since 911. Life goes on despite our deep sadness over the loss of life. But, in our hearts, we never get over something as traumatic as September 11, 2001.




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