Monday, September 11, 2006
where were you when it happened?
It was surreal day for me 5 years ago... I had just returned from an airplane trip to California to mourn the death of my Po-Po (maternal grandma) and it happened. I had woken up late that day, and was walking to my job at the Odegaard Library media center, when I noticed everybody huddled around the televisions, glued to the screens.
That's when I first saw the video of the airplane crashing right into the WTC tower.
Today is the 5 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The Seattle Times has special articles to remember the event right here and here, and of course, the New York Times has an article, and also an interesting feature ongoing struggle to build a memorial on the site for the victims of the attack.
I wish I could say that the world has become a better place since 9/11, but it hasn't. The sympathy and international goodwill our country once had when it was attacked has been squandered by invasions of two different countries, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are still waging, and there's no end in sight. Other countries have suffered attacks, including bombings in Bali, Madrid, London, and Mumbai.
There seems to be no real safety, and if anything, the new climate of fear here in the US has to led to racist incidents that victimize even non-Arab peoples such as the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi or even locally, the harassment of Ian Spiers. And while ignorant folks both common and in the government have perpetuated a lot of the hatred, "Christians" haven't behaved much better... conservative attack dog Ann Coulter has famously said, "We [the US] should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. ...We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." and ""I think our motto should be, post-9-11, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'".
The world seems ever on its way to a darker future and more chaos, and I place no hope in the world as it is to make things better. I reserve that strictly for my faith.
The world we live in really is a "post 9-11" world, and i would even say it was one of the most significant socio-political events in modern history so far. I agree that this "world" is getting scarier everyday at an exponential rate. But such is the result of fear: more confusion, blinkeredness, violence, chaos and self-preservation. Humans are just getting more and more frightened.Post a Comment