An Awful Day

Many others will speak far more eloquently about today than I could, so I’ll just mention several brief thoughts.

I found out about the 9/11 attacks after voting in the Democratic primary (which was cancelled). At that time, it wasn’t clear what had happened: the radio reports were describing it as a small plane–making it sound like a horrible accident.
When I arrived at work, we turned on an old banged-up TV where it was clear what exactly had happened. Then the reception cut out. Because the tower with the TV transmitters fell.
There’s one other thing. A colleague suggested that Iraq might be behind this (that’s what a lot of TV pundits were saying). I can’t remember exactly how I phrased it, but I remember I was angry and said that it wasn’t Iraq, because that would make no sense, and that it was Al-Queda who did this. What an awful foreshadowing.
Three days later, I was home in DC for Rosh Hashanah, and I remember going to the Smithsonian–which was like an empty mausoleum. On the Mall, there were anti-aircraft missile batteries. That week, I had reason to drive by the Pentagon, which also was ringed by air-defense batteries. And on 9/11, when I saw pictures of the ambulances waiting to enter Arlington Hospital (unlike New York, there were a lot of injured), they were lined up waiting to enter the emergency ward entrance on roads that I routinely travelled when I lived in VA.
I still remember that day very clear. What an awful day it was.

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3 Responses to An Awful Day

  1. Whatever says:

    Indeed, and Bush had only been in office for a little over 7 months when this happend.
    Clinton, as we now know, had several chances to get Bin Laden.
    But I am wondering about something.
    How would you have known at that time that Bin Laden was behind this?
    Just wondering.

  2. Blue says:

    When are these instances where Clinton had an opportunity to capture Bin Laden that you speak of? Can you site them? I didn’t think so.
    Oh and, how has Bush done in the 5 yrs since the attack on capturing him?

  3. How would you have known at that time that Bin Laden was behind this?
    Just wondering.

    Because I am Osama bin Laden. That, and Al-Queda attacked the U.S.S. Cole, and two U.S. African embassies. Iraq attacked neither our embassies nor a U.S. warship. It’s called evidence and reason, as opposed to knee-jerk regurgitation of stories about Bill Clinton’s penis.

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