On This Day: Remembering September 11, 2001, and All That Came After

September 11, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Today is more than a day to remember a horrible attack that occurred on U.S. soil. It is a day to remember the catalyst that would eventually turn the world upside down. We are still fighting the two wars that came as a consequence – whatever justification or theory you believe, there is no denying this was what allowed it to begin – and set us into a conflict that goes far beyond those two wars. We are now fighting an ideology which is spreading further and further by the day, and which seems as though it will be never-ending. How do you kill an idea believed by those who would slaughter themselves and their own people in the name of it?

What we are seeing, what September 11 was, was a culmination of years of building these groups, some of which were technically funded by us. Those groups have been able to recruit even within our own borders, with extremism slowly growing within U.S. born Muslims who are angry about the death caused by the wars we are fighting. Again, how do we kill that idea?

We are planning to withdraw, but it won’t stop anything. There can be no victory at the heart of this issue; for us to win, we would have to wipe out them all, and as was stated above, how do you kill an entire ideology? For them to win, they would have to kill pretty much everyone, as they seek an end to the ‘infidels’. But they would likely have to die in the process, and for who? They are killing their own people in record numbers…there will be no one left to live in the world they create.

So, with that in mind, I thought we would take a look at the few positive things to come from the conflict, starting from the day our country was attacked and ending with a look at a possible future:

On September 11 firefighters and police risked their lives to save those who were trapped or injured in the World Trade Center. They showed their heroism and dedication to service on that day, and will always be remembered for their contribution.

The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93  attempted to stand up to their hijackers and regain control of their plane, an effort that tragically failed but showed the bravery of the average citizen in the face of the unimaginable.

With a condemnation of the attacks came an outpouring of international support and pro-American sentiment as world governments and people stood up to mourn with us the loss of almost 3,000 lives, including civilians and soldiers, some originally from the countries that spoke up in our defense.

There was a mass feeling of unity as the country stood together for the first time in a long time to show their grief and support the families of those who had lost their lives.

It shows us that we are not invincible, that attacks and pain are possible on our shores.

It gave us an incite into areas of the world we often ignored, where attacks were common. It gave us a reason to look into another culture, a global problem, and sparked a number of advocacy groups and support for other groups.

This is only a short list, and it is tragic that such solidarity was short lived, and led to so much heartbreak and tragedy in the coming years. That tragedy continues, and will for some time to come. But on this day, at least, let’s take a moment to consider that first loss of life that started it all, and look into what we can learn to build a better future for the entire world.


One Response to “On This Day: Remembering September 11, 2001, and All That Came After”

  1. Edward Quinto on September 12th, 2010 7:39 pm

    The 9/11 was an event so traumatic that even after 10 years it still caused vexing ripples in the fabric of our psyche and spirit. When I got home one evening from my work at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, I turned on my cable TV as I usually do every evening to update me of what was happening in the world. But in that evening the cable news turned out so much differently, what I instantly saw were images of the burning twin tower in New York. As the news unfolded, I realized that it was an act of terror, an attack on America. Two jumbo planes were manoeuvred to collide with the twin towers. The collisions resulted in fiery explosions, billowing black smoke that blotted out the clear blue skies and the subsequent collapse of the two buildings which I saw live and real-time on TV. They were heart-rending scenes that made me feel so despondent, indeed for me it felt like our happy world had come to an end. Most painful of all, were the thoughts of innocent people meeting their tormenting and untimely deaths in the plane, inside the towers or jumping out of the tall burning buildings. Our world has changed so much since 9/11, gone were the days of a carefree reality and a life of limitless goodwill to others. We now live in a world where utmost security is the norm and were suspicion of others is the cardinal rule. On this day of 11 September 2010, a day of poignant remembrance, may I join the people of New York and the United States in commemorating the good men and women which will continue to inspire us as heroes and heroines, brave and free, altruists and philanthropists, martyrs and life-savers, role-models and leaders, peacemakers and children of the Most High.

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