IFTEEN YEARS AGO TODAY was the 9/11 attacks in Lower Manhattan. I felt as if I had to write something to remember and commemorate those events that unfolded on that tragic date in modern history. I’m turning 27 in less than a month and when I was 12 years old, I lived in a small town called Weedon, which was near a city called Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. I was about a six-hour drive from New York City. The night of the September 10th, my parents were both away on business trips for a couple of days and they left me in the care of my teenage stepbrother, Fred.
He had invited his (now ex) girlfriend over and I distinctly remember the three of us watching The Perfect Storm right before we all went to bed sometime after midnight. Fred’s room was right next to mine and I wasn’t able to sleep that night because his girlfriend ended up screaming very loudly during their late night love session.
Needless to say: I slept in next day and I skipped going to school. Fred wasn’t even home when I got up. I was all alone and completely unaware of what was unfolding already. I woke up just before 10 AM and the house was absolutely silent. I went from my room in the basement to the kitchen upstairs and casually made my breakfast. I went to turn on the TV and there it was… two burning smoke stacks? What?
I really had no idea what I was looking at. Come on, I was in grade 7. It was on every channel though and it did really scare me. My childish mind eventually caught on that something terrible was going on.
It never eventually mattered and there were no repercussions at all that I had missed school because that was definitely the last thing on anyone’s mind. Turns out that this morning was destined to be the most historical date in the history of my generation. We totally missed the Kennedy, Chernobyl, and Diana. This was the first eye opening moment in my whole life. This day would really change me because it was when I found out how scary the whole world really is.
In a globalized world with instant communications, it is impossible to have excessive opulence alongside grinding poverty without something, sometime, somewhere, exploding.
We Americans have flaunted our affluence and power in the face of the world, and the world has reacted in varying degrees, terrorism being only the most extreme form of reaction.
–William Van Dusen Wishard, US Commerce Department
This was my first dose of perspective and I instantly just connected. I couldn’t look away. I stared at the TV in disbelief and fear. Eyes glued, even though I didn’t even know what I was looking at. Until I watched south tower collapse live and then the north tower 30 minutes later live. Then I got utterly hysterical. I called my sister and then my Dad, who both reassured me that everything was alright and they explained to me exactly what was going on.
Everyone on Earth just stopped doing whatever they were doing and just watched what was going on around them. In terror and shock. We were all just helpless witnesses then. The rest of the day is a just blur. Just a bad memory. I don’t feel like I have to sit here and explain to you what happened on that day. If you were alive then—you know exactly what happened. It does carry on with me until now that over-time these historical events—like 9/11—seem to end up uniting us so much more after-the-fact.
Even though in the instant of those events we were so divided. In the random moments when these historic disasters take place, we humans appreciate the littlest things in life. Only what is truly important matters? Right? We forget about our selfishness and we join together in sorrow, fear and in pain. Time does heal all wounds, but are we just afraid to know the real truth about what happened that day? The conspiracies started, the animosity and the lies that were broadcasted in order to explain why these terrorists—without warning and while everyone was in a state of peace—would murder over two thousand innocent Americans.
Emotions took over and especially in the media coverage everything was totally subjective… Even now as I am writing this we are still in a residual cloud of misinterpreted and selective statements which embody the horrific memory that is scarred into the soul of every single person that witnessed this terrible nightmare. With over five hundred pages… The 9/11 Commission Report was published on July 22, 2004. I’ve tried to read the whole thing but it’s like reading the Bible. It doesn’t appear to be written in order for you to understand what really happened, instead, it’s used to paint a picture for you—showing you how everything must’ve happened.
The report is the official final word on what happened that day and symbolizes the completion of the investigation into what the government thinks went down. This report ended up actually asking more questions than it eventually actually answered. The head of the commission even admitted in an interview that their department didn’t look into any evidence which was deemed “impossible.”
[Secretary of State, Condolizza] Rice said that she had called together the senior staff people of the National Security Council and asked them to think seriously about ‘how do you capitalize on these opportunities’ to fundamentally change American doctrine, and the shape of the world, in the wake of September 11th.
Therefore, the commission did not hypothesize that any explosives were involved so they excluded all the evidence which included any explosive material, in order to explain what could have happened if there were no explosives involved. Any scientist looking at this statement should notice quickly that if you ignore what evidence you’re given in any situation, then how can you expect to get the right answer?
You can’t. That’s just setting investigation up for total failure because you’re looking somewhere else instead of where you should be actually looking. We’ve been at war for fifteen years against terrorism because of what happened on 9/11. And more importantly to mention and understand is that we’re in a never-ending war against a broad definition of what an enemy is to us.
George W. Bush, Jr. said during his Axis of Evil speech shortly after the attacks: “Either you’re with us or you’re against us.” This kind of umbrella statement makes the US government very happy to have a never-ending budget in place to demand unlimited arms deals for their military interventions around the world. For over fifteen years now, as long as there is an enemy (the terrorists) and there is war, then everything is still okay.
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