11.9.06

We remember

 

It's been 5 years since the unthinkable happened. September 11th 2001 changed all our lives forever.

Where were you when it happened? How did you find out?

I had just arrived in the UK from Nigeria on September 7th, getting ready to start my masters course. As usual, the sudden change in the weather had made me ill, so I was home with flu symtptoms. Watching TV, I was going through the channels on Sky, and when I got to the block of news channels, I was suprised to see that every single one of them was showing 'Breaking News' of some sort !! So I flicked over to CNN to see what was going on, saw the tower on fire, and listened as they described that a plane had 'hit' the tower. Less than a minute later, we all watched as the second tower was hit by another plane, and suddenly realised that this was no accident.

I sat in front of the TV all day, as news came in about an attack on the Pentagon, there were rumours and counter rumours all day. I was in shock, how could something this horrible have happened? How can you hate someone so much, someone you have never met, someone you have never interacted with, how can you justify the killing of innocents? I almost began to cry when I saw people jumping out of the buildings, to escape the heat, they preferred to die that way.

The next day, I went out to buy newspapers to read on the incident, and I think that was the day I 'discovered' that tabloids are not exactly the best source for news, I can still remember one headline that read "60,000 dead" with a picture of the burning towers as a backdrop.

So much has been said about Sept. 11, so many articles written, so many interviews, wars, etc. As far as I'm concerned, the cycle of violence has just gone round and round again. We need to sort out this hatred of the Western world, and find out what it is about the West that makes a man think that killing himself, and thousands of others in the process, will make the world a better place, because it obviously doesn't.

7 comments:

  1. I was in an accounting tutorial. We browsed the internet over lunch then all went home early feeling sick to the stomach. Some of the people we'd met a fortnight earlier in training in Arizona were in the tower. We lost a couple of new found friends in the tragedy. A colleague sent us an email of her experience a couple of weeks later and it was horrific reading. MrO was in Cleveland at the time so I was in a bit of a panic as I wondered where would be struck next.

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  2. I was at work. Couldn't believe my eyes and ears. The images were like a scene from a movie.
    I don't think the bombers are trying to make the world a better place. It's more a statement of retaliation/revenge. They just want to hurt people, just so the 'powerful' countries know they can.

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  3. Panda, I think you're right. It's a show of strength more than anything else.

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  4. I was arriving at work when my boss gave me a stricken look and told me a plane had flown into one of the two towers and that several others were hijacked - perhaps one headed our way. I remember the feeling of wondering if this were the end.

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  5. Very good post Boso.
    I was at college and I was terrified. I have never been so scared in my life. I too remember wondering if it was it.
    I had a desperate need to see my husband (and I couldn't see him until many hours later).
    That night in bed I wept myself to sleep because all I could think about was all the wives who wouldn't be going to sleep beside their husbands.

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  6. I cant even remember where i was. I was just in shock.

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  7. i was at home in india..watching in shock and horror on bbc news 24...still remember it to this day..and since i was flying about a week later..through the gulf region..was bit concerned as well..cycle of violence is exactly what it is..and i dont think its just againt the western world...terrorism has been going on for years - kashmir, palestine to name a couple...
    its just that it took such an horrific event to get the world to sit up and take notice....no consolation for the thousands that died that day or those that are dying every day all over the world...

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