Sep 10, 2013
September 11, 2001…A day that no one will ever forget as the world watched the horror unfold on live television. Two hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center and thousands of innocent lives were lost. One heinous act of terrorism that would change existence as we know it. In total, almost 3,000 people died in these attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.
Everyone can still recall exactly what they were doing on that fateful day. There was not one person who was not terrified. No one knew how far the terrorism was going to go. Were we all in danger? Everyone got on the phone and tried to call their loved ones to make sure they were alright. All flight activity ceased around the world. There were Americans trapped overseas and would not be able to fly home for another week. It was the shot heard round the world…
I can remember that day in vivid detail. I was out taking my morning walk and had my headphones on with my radio blasting. My walk usually lasted about an hour. About twenty minutes in, the station interrupted a song to say there had been a freak accident in New York at the World Trade Center. They reported a plane had flown into the building, but there were no details as to why. About 10-15 minutes later, the same deejay broke yet another song with a much more somber tone as he reported yet another plane had struck the other WTC tower. They also began talking about two more planes that they assumed were hijacked, one headed to the Pentagon. My walk turned into a run at that point. I ran as hard as I could back to my house.
The every first thing I did was call Clay County High School, where my daughter was a student. I wanted to check her out and bring her home where I could have her close just in case things got bad. I was actually wondering in my mind if this was going to be the end of the world. The secretary spoke very calmly to me as she told me not to come get Angela, that it would only make things worse. She assured me that she was fine and they were all watching it on live TV. “We are trying to keep them as calm as possible and if you come get her, it’s going to terrify her,” She told me. So, I finally relented and decided to let her stay. But I knew if one more thing happened, I was going to get her.
My oldest daughter was going to Jacksonville State University at the time, and I tried to call her repeatedly. It would be hours before she called me back. I was an emotional wreck and not ashamed to say that I cried like a baby as both towers collapsed into a pile of rubble. All I could think of was “ All of those people”.
For the next two days, I was glued to the screen. I think the worst thing I remember was seeing all those family members of the missing the next morning with posters and pictures of their loved ones frantically searching for them. It was if I knew them personally. I felt their pain as I watched many of them break down in tears while trying to talk to the news anchor. Ninety percent of these missing persons would eventually be named as deceased, some of them never even found. I can’t even imagine living this nightmare.
So, now as approach the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, you would have thought we, as a country, would have learned something from this senseless loss of lives. But here we are, on the brink of war yet again but this time for different reasons. At the time of 9-11 attacks, we had a President that was a leader and all of our nation was ready to go to war to avenge their fellow Americans deaths. We were all scared at the thought of where this war might take us, but we had a purpose.
Now, we just have a President who is by no means a leader, in fact I don’t even think he knows what the word means.
Obama wants to bomb Syria because they used chemical weapons to kill 1400 people, some children. Is that a heinous crime? Yes, it is, but things like that have been happening over there for thousands of years and it’s never going to stop. Fighting is a way of life in these third world countries and our country cannot afford to lose anymore loss of life in wars that we have no place in. How many of these countries do you see rushing to our aid?
Only 19% of Americans support going to war with Syria and all of these are probably just idiots anyway. This time we have no say in it and that’s not fair to the American people.
And to top it all off, Obama can’t seem to keep his lies straight with his “red line”. The United States used to be the strongest nation and now, because of our “leader”, we have lost all credibility. So, to all of you people who voted for him, I hope you’re happy with your “change”.
If he pulls this off, it will go down in history as the ultimate terrorist attack. I mean, what better way to destroy a nation than reign as the top governing body, cripple them financially and then finally destroy their people as a whole with blood shed?
War and rumors of war people…are you ready?