9/11: Ten Years Later

Ten years ago today, our world changed, our country changed.  I, and each of you, changed.

That morning, I had just flipped on the television to see what was going on with the weather.  My plan that day was to drive to my grandmother’s house in Pennsylvania for a much-needed visit (my “chill” visits, as we liked to called them).  What I saw on the television was the moments just after the first plane hit the first tower.  I was watching it in some shock, but not much.  At that moment, it wasn’t clear if it was a charter plane (that’s what they thought) and seemed a given that it had to be some kind of strange, inexplicable (it was such a bright, sunny morning, the tower so immense) accident.  Weird.  But then . . . then the next plane flew directly into the second tower.  There was no other way to understand it then, or now.  It was purposeful, it was an attack.  It was terrorists.

All these people telling you now that we didn’t know about al Queda then or that we didn’t know we were at war are full of sh . . . um, they are not telling the truth.  No idea why or what their agenda (we hear it from the left and the right, so who knows), but we knew about terror.  I knew watching that second plane fly into the second tower that it was terrorists.  I knew it in my gut.

And this was back when I barely paid attention (comparatively) to what was happening, either here at home or abroad.  But I did know, however vaguely, about the first World Trade Center bombing in the ’90’s, and I remembered very well, heart-achingly well, the attack on the U. S. S. Cole.  I knew about attacks on American embassies abroad.  And these events, these terrorist attacks on America, all sort of flew together in my subconscious mind, crashed into what I was seeing happening in New York City, and came together as “oh my God, we’re being attacked!”  

I didn’t know by whom.  I didn’t even “know” it in the real sense of the word.  The newscasters didn’t know what was happening, no one really did.  But, really, we all did. 

It was horrific.  Standing there–I hadn’t turned on the tv to watch it, just to hear the weather–gaping at the television, sure in my heart that we were being attacked.  I grabbed the phone (this was still early, phones were still working in the northeast) and called my grandmother.  She was watching, too, and said for me to stay home (my journey to her home in Pennsylvania would take me over the Tappan Zee bridge in New York).  Reports were that tunnels and bridges were being closed; maybe, that’s fuzzy now, but I remember so clearly her telling me to stay home, not to go near New York City.  I agreed.  We didn’t say much more, neither expressed our fears, our certainty that we were under attack, for worry of frightening the other.

Like so many others across this country, I watched the events unfold.  The towers collapse, one then the other.  The news of the plane hitting the Pentagon.  The deaths.  So many deaths.  The billowing smoke.  The grounding of all air traffic.  Reports of planes still in the air, not responding, not landing.  President Bush reading to those children, hearing the news, his mouth pursing in anger, resilience.  Or did we see that film later?  I do remember him speaking briefly from the school, telling us what we all knew but didn’t believe until we heard it from him.  News that the president was being flown to D. C. or out to Nevada or somewhere.  Images of New Yorkers running, screaming, sobbing, the smoke, the flames, the ash.  People walking, so slowly so stunned, across the closed-to-automobiles bridges in New York City.  It was all a rush of images, a rush of impressions, and under it all, a growing anger.  A growing outrage.  A growing realization that this land that I loved, this America, was in danger.  Here, at home, on our own soil.  That we were to be forever changed by it, that our innocence as a nation would be forever gone.

I stayed glued to the television for the next few days, flipping through channels, looking at everything, trying to take it in, understand it, know what happened and who did it.  I didn’t care why then.  It didn’t matter why it happened.  This attack on my country, my beloved America, was more than I could accept, more than I could take in, and nothing could ever justify it.  Nothing.

Then there was President Bush, standing atop that rubble, personally at Ground Zero, grasping a megaphone and promising that the people who did this horrible thing to our nation would pay.  I cried for the first time.  I cried like a baby.  I was so proud of our president, so happy to lean on his obvious strength, to trust him to make it right.  Here was what I needed to see, what I needed to hear, what I needed.  Period.  In that moment, President Bush came into focus before my eyes.  Granted, I’d never hated him as commies did, as progressives did, but I didn’t think much of him back before 9/11.  But I loved my country, then as now, and in that moment, it was clear to me that he did, too.  That he took it personally.  Just as I did.  It was personal.  It happened in NYC, in PA, at the Pentagon, but it was personal.  You attack America, you attack my president.  And you attack me.

As the years have passed and all the things that we all know about have happened, the one thing that I’ve noted, almost from afar, is how I’ve become more and more conservative.  Like most Democrats then (and today), I had no idea it was a steaming, straining ball of tangled evil, of commies, Marxists, anti- and unAmerican racists who despise our country.  Obviously, that’s more clear to me now than even on 9/11, but that’s when I started waking up.  That’s when I started seeing things that I’d been able to block out, ignore, rationalize. And I am not alone.  Many many people who were nominal “democrats” changed that day.  We weren’t a part of that, not then, not before, and certainly not after.

9/11 struck our hearts and souls as Americans, and how we responded to it, to my mind, defines who we are, what we believe, and at the end of the day, whose side we’re on.  Americans, real American patriots who love this country, did not make excuses for the terrorists who did this thing, we did not scratch our heads and wonder what we did wrong, we did not reach out to embrace and bow to the people who did this to us and cheered gleefully when it happened.  We knew, in our hearts and souls and minds, that we are a great nation, that we are Americans who love America, the land, her people, and most significantly, what she stands for.  This thing that was done to us, to our nation and to our fellow Americans, had nothing to do with that.  We knew it instinctively that day, and we’ve known it instinctively every day since.

And we were right.  Islamic terrorists have no more special hatred for America than for any of the other countries and peoples they attack and slaughter.  Islamic terrorists have attacked America, Spain, China, Bali, Germany, Scotland, England, Russia, France, Italy, India, every Middle Eastern nation, numerous countries in Africa, and many more besides.  This was never about America, not to them; they chose to attack us, anyway, because nothing was done after the first World Trade Center bombing, nothing was done about our embassies, nothing was done about the U. S. S. Cole; they thought we’d do nothing, so they chose to attack us before they could be assured that they had the upper hand in their war against the non-radical-Islamofacist world.  And that, my patriot friend, was their biggest mistake.  To them, it’s not personal, to them it’s . . . well, something else.  But they brought their fight to us, to our soil, to our land, to our beloved America. 

They seek to intimidate us with their barbaric brutality, their bombings and beheadings, their bestial behavior.  But that day all they did was piss us off.  Royally.  So today we mourn so much, so many lives, so much loss, such a beating to our nation’s heart.  But we also strengthen our resolve.  That war they brought to our shores will be won, and it will be won by us.  Of this, there is no doubt.  None.

We are Americans, and we will not fail, we will not waver, and we will never forget. 

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11 thoughts on “9/11: Ten Years Later

  1. Wonderful tribute. I think we will all remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard about the attack.
    I think the fanatic Islamist Nazi terrorists hate the fact that we are free and that we believe freedom is a God-given gift to everyone. As a result, we have promoted freedom throughout the world.

  2. I am so glad you share your amazing gift of writing.

    I cried too, when I saw Pres. Bush take that bullhorn. I cry still, when I see him in interviews and he is asked about 9/11. To me, he came off less presidential and more like a loving and protective father who was going to move heaven and earth to make things right again. That was the comfort I needed. That personal assurance from a man who's love of country and it's citizens I felt that day.

    You are so right, as you wrote,
    “This was never about America, not to them; they chose to attack us, anyway, because nothing was done after the first World Trade Center bombing, nothing was done about our embassies, nothing was done about the U. S. S. Cole; they thought we'd do nothing, so they chose to attack us before they could be assured that they had the upper hand in their war against the non-radical-Islamofacist world. And that, my patriot friend, was their biggest mistake. To them, it's not personal, to them it's . . . well, something else. But they brought their fight to us, to our soil, to our land, to our beloved America.”

    For all the horror, 9/11 did waken a sleeping giant. I hope we stay awake.

  3. Geez Fuzzy, You channeled all of the thoughts of every American who isn't a sociopath. At least on 9-11 and shortly after. Some have strayed but we haven't.

    We need a plan. The current administration is working as usual, in the totally wrong direction. This won't last. There is an adage – Nothing is That Good or That Bad for That Long.

    There are enough of us who know that there were and Are millions if not billions of muslims around the world who cheer every 9-11.

  4. First off, I forgive your ex-Duh-mocrat ways.

    I was happily surprised yesterday by the unashamed Patriotism and 911 remembrances all over TV. As I watched my football games I thought to myself, “The libs couldn't stop this, and damn them for trying!”

    NEVER FORGET!

  5. I'm not a crazy truther. However I do feel betrayed as I look back. We rallied around our leaders, and used our trust to restrict our God given rights. Regardless of how people feel about the war, we need to get our freedoms back.

  6. @TCL, thanks! 🙂 Your own 9/11 tribute was so moving that I take that as a major compliment. The Muslims in London pretty much said it all, they want to defeat democracy and freedom, wherever it is found. Islamofascists, unlike BO, are at least honest about their goal.

    @Vineyard, thanks! 🙂 There is a certain air of true empathy about President Bush, something that BO simply doesn't have. He can't feel anything, I don't think, unless it affects him directly.

    @Kid, hee, everyone who's not a sociopath. Good grief, did you see that nutter Ron Paul last night? He's a jihadi apologist, just like BO. Revolting. We have a plan. But it will take time (and patience) to implement. We need a few election cycles to clean the crud out of D. C. We need to get involved in our communities and local / state government, in our school boards, churches, everything. We need to beat back the commie progressives bit by bit, just like they took over bit by bit. There are no insti-solutions, only American resolve and resourcefulness.

    @JACG, I didn't vote for him in 2000, either. I also regret that, but I made up for it in 2004. 😉

    @Trestin, heh, kinda you are, but that's okay, you're the one crazy Truther I can live with. 🙂 We do need our freedoms back, and now that we see, so so clearly, what the Patriot Act can do in the wrong hands, that's just what we must do. Did you see that the TSA is now going to suspend sexually molesting our children? It's ALL politics and crony capitalism (who profits from the gate rapes by forcing people into the porno scanners? why BO's cronies, of course). If groping children's private parts was key to national defense, then why is it safe to suspend it? The only thing transparent about this administration is its dedication to imposing a police state on America. We do, as you say, need to take our freedoms back. I totally agree with you.

  7. @Odie, omg, how'd I skip the Odiemeister? Ugh! Sorry, my friend. LOL, I've made no secret of my former dem standing, but I appreciate your forgiving me. yay! 🙂

    But you know what's funny about all that? I've lost “real life” friends, even lost touch with “the love of my life,” over my awakening, and it's conservatives who welcome me, who forgive me, who don't judge me. These former, and “good riddanced” “friends” (and yeah, that guy) actually expressed to me, not in so many words, that they thought I'd awoken one morning and suddenly become a racist, etc. Bizarre. Some of these people had known me for years, and yet, they are so blinded by leftist rhetoric that they believed that over their own two eyes and logic. It was hurtful at first, but then, at some point, I put in perspective, if someone honestly believes that after ten or twenty years I've spontaneously become a racist, fundamentalist, whatever the latest lie about conservatives . . . , well, screw 'em. I have zero time for that crap.

    That I've only had one (possibly two) conservative be so petty and stupid about me says so much to me about the true nature of conservatism. Sure, paranoid lunatics are on both sides of the aisle, but conservatives are open-minded, forgiving, and inclusive. So unlike leftists that it's hard to believe we're all the same species.

  8. Fuzzy, I didn't watch. The election is too far away, and it Is going to evolve in strange ways between now and then. I don't personally want to think about it too often until time for voting in primaries and final comes around.

    I will stick with my statement that putting anyone in the WH who isn't 99.999% fine conservative will only delay the march to the hell hole at best.
    Looking like Michele is the one who fits that profile if Ron Paul is out.

  9. Fuzzy “But you know what's funny about all that? I've lost “real life” friends, even lost touch with “the love of my life,” over my awakening, and it's conservatives who welcome me, who forgive me, who don't judge me. These former, and “good riddanced” “friends” (and yeah, that guy) actually expressed to me, not in so many words, that they thought I'd awoken one morning and suddenly become a racist, etc. Bizarre. “

    Sorry to jump on this one, but it really resonates. I've noted that liberals have the ability to believe two diametrically opposed 'things' simultaneously. e.g. Human Rights violations in China are “Bad”. Human Rights violations in muslim-land are “No Big Deal”, even though the human rights violations in islam-ville are ten times worse.
    You can see this effect in millions of concepts. They they not only reject facts, they get violent at being exposed to them… They're victims of mind control/have a mental disease. Professionals use this argument to prove they have a mental disease. Yes, it is very bizarre.

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