Ten years ago
ten years ago
we are approaching now the tenth aniversary of September 11, but how do we mark such a thing? Those of us who can express our thoughts I think have a responsibility to speak up, whether to honor those who were lost or to express our sympathy to the survivors.
We might express our thoughts in poetry or prose, tales of what happened and what we think happened. We need to stop and think and not just speak or write about 9/11 and about what happened. There are those who believe a conspiracy and that our government was responsible for the Towers collapsing but that is to take one act and ignore the others associated with that day. If we believe that the government had something to do with the Towers collapse, who would they bother attacking the pentagon or flight 93? We can find people who talk of finding explosives in the wreckage of the Towers and others who could not find those traces. If our government was responsible for the crashes in hopes of going to war, they could just as easily have shot those planes down before they ever got to the towers perhaps and that would be the reason they needed and Bush had in fact given fighters clearance to do just that if need be.
Now is not the time though to worry about what may or may not have happened or not happened but rather a time to honor those who lost their lives on that day. There will be coverage everywhere about the 11th in the next day or so but many will not watch those because of the pain of hearing a man asking for help before the tower he was in collapsed. They may not want to see the bodies jumping or falling or hear those on flight 93 saying goodby before trying to take the plane back and dying in the attempt. They may not want to hear the voices of those in control towers trying to deal with the situation they found themselves in.
This was a part of history though and we need to learn that there are those who are capable of such acts of destruction because of what they believe in. We saw that in the Kamakazi pilots of Japan so why do we find it so hard to believe now that there are those who are radical enough to give their lives for what they believe in? The terrorists gave their lives for what they believed in but we need to remember that so did the firemen and police officers who gave their lives to save others.
Those who want to claim a government conspiracy caused the collapse need to ask themselves why the government did not just shoot the terrorist planes down since there have been documents since then which showed that it was terrorists on those planes and any reason for crashing planes into the Towers could be better served by explaining why we had to shoot down passenger planes. If there was a conspiracy, why bother with the attack on the pentagon or flight 93 when the attack on the towers was so successful? If there is any conspiracy, it may be to raise all these questions so that we don't raise questions as to why we were so unprepared, considering all the terrorism in other parts of the world.
We are in a war now, make no mistake but even during a war, there is a time to honor those who gave their lives in that war, and now, 10 years after 9/11 this is the time to honor and remember those who died in this war and to learn how to prevent this from happening again so that no parent has to explain why a father or mother won't be home at night anymore.