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September 11th

Today, as we all know, marks the 10th anniversary of September 11th. I’m not really sure how to feel. I didn’t lose anyone personally, but I was devastated none the less. All of that destruction and loss made my stomach sick and I couldn’t help but feel personally violated by the cowardly way that those terrorists chose to act out. I mean how could anyone have that much disregard for human life? And for what? A cause? A belief? To prove a point?? It was and still is so hard to digest.

I had a class at 10:00 that morning and was up surprisingly early. I decided to grab a bowl of cereal – Lucky Charms to be exact. I figured I would up my awareness level and watch some news while I indulged in my sweet breakfast. I turned on the TV and saw what looked like a passenger airplane hitting a tall building. ‘What movie is this?’ Β I wondered. As I listened to the news anchor’s dialogue, it slowly seeped in what was taking place. This can’t be real…
I’m sure all of us remember where we were when we heard what had happened. The phrase that was derived from the event seemed a little unnecessary: ‘never forget’…

“It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment. Until then, America thought she was witnessing nothing more serious than the worst aviation disaster in history; now she had a sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her. … For those thousands in the south tower, the second plane meant the end of everything. For us, its glint was the worldflash of a coming future.
Terrorism is political communication by other means. The message of September 11 ran as follows: America, it is time you learned how implacably you are hated. United Airlines Flight 175 was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile aimed at her innocence. That innocence, it was here being claimed, was a luxurious and anachronistic delusion.”
Martin Amis in “Fear and loathing” – The Guardian (18 September 2001)

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