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Monday, September 11, 2006

Where were you on September 11, 2001?

Five years ago, I was on my way to work in Connecticut when I heard on the radio that a "small aircraft" had run into the World Trade Center in New York City. The local disk jockey (on WTIC-FM) promised updates soon, as programming continued.

When I got to the office, I pulled out a TV and turned on ABC, which was the only channel available on the set. It was then that I realized what was going on. A commercial airliner had hit one of the towers. Rampant speculation commenced on the air about what could possibly be going on.

I remember vividly watching the set as the unexpected happened - another jet hit the other tower. It was then that I realized that we were under attack by someone, something. They were using our technology, and our freedoms against us. And we were wholly unprepared.

But we were also unprepared for what happened next as we found out about the Pentagon in flames, and the hijacked airliner, later made famous as Flight 93. Our world became chaotic, uncertain, and confusing. My coworkers and I watched in shock as events unfolded.

Still, it wasn't until what happened next that I recall feeling first helpless, then betrayed, then angry. That moment was when the first tower collapsed. I knew it wouldn't be long before the second one did the same, and it fell shortly thereafter.

Five years later, that day still is rooted in my memory. We have gone from a united nation to a polarized one. Blame is tossed around like recreation. Fingers are pointed. But the events of September 11 still are constant.

Regardless of ideology, political bent, or party affiliation, we must be vigilant in rooting out those who perpetrate this sort of violence. We must realize that there is an element of evil that wants to destroy Western culture, without compromise. We must accept that there is evil in this world, and that it must be confronted. And we must never forget what happened that day. Never.


.: posted by Dave 8:22 AM

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