America's Nightmare Across the Oceans
Ah, it wasn’t only me. Many people from different nations, who love America, were stricken with grief and terror on that horrible, horrible 9/11 day. I vividly remember that I came home from work so tired. After greeting my mom and my brothers and sisters, I went straight to the shower and went to bed.
Normally, I have no trouble sleeping, but that night, I just couldn’t sleep. So, I got up and went to the living room where my whole family was watching tv. I am not sure what time it was, then there was the dreaded news flash.
It was so eerily captured in tv -- the horrifying plane crashing into the tower. My family and I were so shocked at what we saw. None of us moved... Even the news was in chaos. The screen was a jumble of news inserts and reactions from neighboring countries like Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. I cannot remember how long we all sat there, then Pres. Bush came into the screen. By that time, everybody in the room was crying. I could also hear the loud wails from my neighbors'.
Gray – I will remember the scene … it is gray … everything was coated in ash and there were clouds of smoke in everyone’s eyes. Then, the camera focused on Pres. Bush istanding with a fireman. He started to say something but, it was inaudible. The background sound is louder than the president; it was also very creepy, more like the rubble underneath is groaning; groaning loud. Then, an American from the audience said something. Pres. Bush looked taken aback. He stopped talking and then, he shouted: “I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon!”
Heavy-hearted from what we were seeing, my mom lighted a candle and gathered us all in prayer. After that, it was a barrage of replays. I cried so hard and was very angry at the Muslims. I cannot understand why these radicals won’t leave America alone. They already have huge pieces of land in their part of the world, plus they also are grabbing pieces of land everywhere else. Like, in the Philippines, which is a small archipelago in the Pacific, comprising of 3 islands, the Muslims occupy the biggest one – Mindanao. The Al-Qaida is only small in number and yet, they grabbed the biggest land when 86% of the total population of Filipinos are Catholics!
Ten years ago, my family prayed for America. Also, my whole neighborhood prayed. There was a vigil. For many, many days after that, the church where I belong offered prayers for the victims and the heroes, for America to come on strong and for all other countries to be safe from such act of terrorism.
Many countries are dependent on America’s generosity. The U.S. is looked upon as a model of freedom, of stability, of progress and of democracy. Asia relies heavily on its tourism industry by which Americans form the large number of tourists. So when the tragedy happened, Asia's economy became uncertain. America’s loss is a huge loss to many nations. It led to panic buying and stagnant economy. All are affected. It became much more difficult for Filipinos and honest-to-goodness citizens of other countries to migrate in America, pursue the American dream and to be united with their relatives who are in the United States.
America is still grieving. ..Nobody can forget that tragic day. What I think the positive outcome of this is -- now America knows who her strong allies are, who are loyal to her. People from other countries across the oceans still look up to America but sadly, some of their leaders do not.
Religious freedom is part of the ideals of an American life. It should be preserve. Those who want to squash it and turn all else to Allah should stay away from American soil. Democracy is a way of American life. It still is. Those who want to change it must step down and get out and let America live in peace. I also feel that Christians all over the world should join America in the fight to end terrorism, the Al-Qaida and radical Muslims.
Enduring the 9/11 is what America is doing right now to remember all who innocently died and who bravely offered their lives; they're now heroes and patriots. I pray never again in my lifetime will I see this; never again in all lifetimes. Please Father God, no more nightmares for America.
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