I was in an appartment in Richmond Court when the events of September 11th 2001 unfolded. It was an utterly unreal and ultimately distressing experience. Many people talk about the impact of the planes as the one thing that will stick in their memory but, for me, it was the people who had no choice but to jump from windows over the point of impact. Those images have stuck with me for the past ten years and I often think of the utter desperation of having absolutelty no choice.
The people who carried out the attacks thought that, on impact, they would pass through a gateway into paradise. They were idiots. They were heartless idiots with no concern for the innocent people they were killing and the destruction of thousands of families. The people behind it were evil; that’s a certainty. They weren’t, however, Iraqi. We know now that a lot of the planning and execution of the attacks was carried out by Saudis. Of course, America can’t really retaliate on Saudi, as they own most of America.
Where is the remembrance ceremony for the hundreds of thousands who died as a result of America’s illegal reaction to the September 11th attacks? Where’s the explanation that, while companies like Haliburton and Microsoft were making truckloads of cash out of government contracts, soldiers’ salaries were cut by over thirty percent?
I have watched some of the remembrance footage and it’s genuinely heartbreaking to hear widowed wives, orphaned children and decimated famillies, mourn for loved ones who were cruelly taken in the name of hatred but we simply can’t just say, let’s not talk about Abu Ghraib or the senseless torture of and murder of innocent poor people as a result.
We could start by disbanding Fox News and ensuring that their brand of bullshit is consigned to history.
Just a thought to mark a dark day from which very few lessons appear to have been learned.