I will never forget what I was doing on September 11 2001. I was doing what I am doing now. Sitting on the computer. I was instant messaging two of my friends. One in Ohio, and the other in Washington state. I had the news on when this happened.
I can still remember the sick feeling when I watched the second plane hit a tower. At that instant, I knew it wasn't a horrible accident. I remember the terror as the realization hit me that there were reports of at least two other planes not accounted for. If I hadn't been in the basement, I might have heard Flight 93 turn over Cleveland for it's trip to target thousands of more Americans. By that time, the 3rd plane had killed Americans at the Pentagon. At 9:39am, it was reported on NBC
Today, I actually have MSNBC on my TV. They are running the days entire news coverage just the way it happened that day. It has not been broken up by commentators or commercials. They are speculating on what is going on. The president has spoken. I never thought I would long for some sort of words of comfort from a president. I have to say that George Bush filled that need. He wasn't a pansy to many people's future distaste. He promised to hunt down the people who did this to us, and he did. But he was a good man to have in the job at this point history. Watching the newscast helps me remember this fact.
After more harrowing minutes, they started talking about a fourth plane. Because of brave Americans on the plane, this one didn't make it back to hit a highly populated target. Instead it was nosedived into a field in Shanksville PA, and the people on the plane never returned to their families.
By that time I sat wondering how much more could possibly happen then this;
I think this image is one of the things I think of most when I think about that day. This huge billowing monster of debris that people were running away from. The erie silence afterwards with the little beeps from the locators of the fallen firefighters.
This day was brought to us by some of those who practice the peaceful religion of Islam:
So the next time you cry because our mean CIA is waterboarding a terrorist, say someone like one of the masterminds of the whole thing, Kahalid Shek Mohammed;
I would like to have you also think about people, people like my husband, or your son or daughter that went to work one day only to have to ;