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I am an American, my flag flew today, it will fly tomorrow. The terrorist shocked me, horrified me and filled me with anger. They did not send me into a frenzy. I am young enough to want to storm down to enlist in the military myself
9 11 What an Astounding Day
'They did not destroy the resolve of the American people.’
What an astounding day. What an astounding time in which we live. I can sit in the middle of the continent and watch my country coming under attack on the east coast in real time pictures on CNN.
I did not understand terrorist attack five years ago. I live in Oklahoma. And, I do not understand terrorist attack today.
My first realization of war was that as a child when I sat with my parents as they listened to the evening news reports of the fighting in Korea. That was not a popular war. The men and women who went off to fight were not welcomed home with fanfare. I lived through the Vietnam era. Vietnam was another unpopular war. My children’s father was 18 when he went off to fight. He screamed every single night of our 10 year marriage. He died at 37 long before The Wall was built or the nation’s sort of acknowledgement of his service was rendered for he and all the men and women who chose to honor their patriotism even as many of their peers became overcome with thirst for knowledge, exemption, or wedded bliss, exemption, or went to Canada rather than serve. My husband is also a Nam vet. No one welcomed him home, he does not scream at night. He was a green beret, you did not last long in the jungle if you made noise. He has been home for many years, and most of the nights of our 12 year marriage he has whispered.
Five years ago a fellow who had a beef against ‘the government’ destroyed The Murrah Building. In doing so he killed civilians, babies and 8 federal workers. How exactly that act sent a message or harmed ‘the government’ I am not sure.
Today I watched in disbelief moments after an airplane had flown into the side of one of the Towers at the World Trade Center. As with most watching we thought a terrible accident was playing out in front of our eyes. Our disbelief soon turned to incredulity and that to anger as we realized the ‘accident’ was a terrorist attack upon our country.
What the perpetrators hoped to accomplish with this terrorism today I haven’t a clue. Was a message being sent to ‘the government’? Was a message being sent to the American people? No one has come forward to claim ‘credit’ for the act. Who it was to commit the act and what the message was, if any, is not yet known with certainy.
Most of us here in the US spent the eleventh day of September riveted to our TV screens as much as possible. I feel personal loss and don’t believe I even knew any of the dead. They were my fellow Americans and I am grieved. I feel sadness for their families’ and grief for the loss of our people.
If the attack came from within as was the case five years ago, then is another message being sent to ‘the government’? If so the message may have been lost. I have never seen the politicians in Washington so united. To a person they are condemning the act and vowing action. Never before have I seen the United States Congress standing on the steps of the capitol building and singing God Bless America. ‘Congress will convene tomorrow.’ (Senator Tom Daschle) Powerful words.
If today’s attack came from without, was the intention to drive Americans into terror, worry or agitation? I watched as the economic center of the free world was attacked. I watched as the heart of our military community was attacked. Were these attacks designed to send America into hiding? Or to cause world leaders to view us as less of a power? If so the message appears to have been lost. Americans moved fast to give blood, to volunteer to help with rescue, to protect our people. World wide condemnation of this terrorist attack has been swift and united. World leaders have offered support, promise of help and assurance that they are not in agreement with the terrorists.
Today I watched my fellow Americans as they fled danger of exploding buildings. I saw no hysteria or ‘me first’ attitude. I was filled with pride as I saw ash covered people helping those who had fallen. I heard Mayor Guiliani tell those in lower Manhattan to ‘walk out’ and watched as hundreds and thousands of people calmly walked out. The call for blood went out, and people stood in line for hours in order to donate. I listened as a young man told of the evacuation of one of the Tower buildings. He said there was no panic, it was orderly, after twenty or so stories he and his companions were slowed a little as they began helping a man in a wheel chair and met the fire fighters who were on their way up. This evening Mayor Guiliani has called upon those thinking they should volunteer to help to not volunteer. There are so many volunteers busy no more are needed right this minute.
If the terrorist really thought Americans would be sent into a quaking, panic filled frenzy, they were wrong. As with myself the first reaction of many Americans was utter disbelief. That emotion was followed fast by anger. Throughout the day newsmen have choked back tears, remained at their post and continued to report the unspeakable. The country has been mobilized to protect our people, buildings and air ports. Here in Oklahoma as with other states our National Guard was activated. Elected officials across the nation have set the example for calm demeanor and common sense. True, panic buying of gasoline or groceries has taken place in a few areas, but there is no general panic sweeping across the country. Here in Oklahoma Gov. Keating has offered an 800 number for reporting price gouging. I will not be surprised tomorrow to learn that the armed forces recruitment offices find themselves doing a brisk business.
I am an American, my flag flew today, it will fly tomorrow. The terrorist shocked me, horrified me and filled me with anger. They did not send me into a frenzy. I am young enough to want to storm down to enlist in the military myself and am old enough to realize there is no chance at all short of all out invasion that anyone would consider me credible for anything of the sort. I am not terrorized, I am just simply angry. Angry that anyone would attack American civilians, angry that so many have died, angry that there are those who believe the killing of innocent people is somehow an honorable act of ‘war’.
I am an American. We are not a people easily thrown into panic. We are a people who are caring. We are a people who feel sorrow, pain and anger. We are not a people who are going to allow ourselves to be cowed by a terrorist or terrorist acts. Were my country invaded I would not hesitate to add my 5’2” and clairol covered grey to those who stand ready to defend MY country. Will this act of terrorism lead us into war. I hope not. I have no great wish to see our country and those of the world enmeshed in such. Will our country simply roll over and play dead, or quiver and quake in fear and do nothing? NO.
The explosions ‘destroyed steel. They did not destroy the resolve of the American people.’ (Paraphrase of words spoken this evening 11 September by George Bush President of the United States of America)
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|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|MOLLY - Hi! Was up early, doing some 'clean up' work on the ole puter, and somehow wound up re-visiting your site - clicked on MOLLY MARTIN, out of curiosity, read a bit, and finally wound up here - 9-11 An Astounding Day.
As the others below have already said, this article expresses in a very poignant manner what millions of Americans felt that infamous day. NO - those fanatics did not break our resolve or our spirit, but sadly, we now find ourselves seven years later, in a stupid war that should never have happened.
Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, and others LIED TO US. Congress stupidly believed the political rhetoric and propaganda, and went along out of a spirit of unity. However, now that the truth is known, the real shame in my opinion is that Bush & Cheney should have both been IMPEACHED long before now. Just the other day, on NPR the report was that Kuchinski's Impeachment proceeding was 'a day late and a dollar short.'
it was too late in Bush's Lame Duck' time in office to do anything. This means that this Tyrant has literally gotten away with Murder! THAT bothers me - I would prefer that the History books would have NAILED HIM TO THE WALL.
The anger that you wrote about, towards the terrorists, I now feel more deeply towards our own administration, as well as our "Do Nothing" Congress - 535 "Lobbyist Pandering" NON-representatives, with neither a backbone, nor any testosterone!
In closing, I say: "REMEMBER 9-11" and VOTE FOR CHANGE - AGAINST EVERY INCUMBENT - until WE THE PEOPLE - US - have UNITED again as Americans, with a fervor to show anyone seeking any office at any level forevermore that - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Peace & God Bless ... Tom. P.S. am posting this now with other info as AFTERMATH.
|Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain
Like Pearl Harbor, a day that will live in infamy ... a grand write!!
Best to you,
|Reviewed by Lee Herald
|This is an inspiring article, Molly, and it mirrored many of my own feelings of that day.
We were all changed on September 11, and we will never be the same.
Keep up the good work.
Lee / http://www.geocities.com/lee_herald
|Reviewed by debbie bailey
|Molly, this is a wonderfully written article. It truly captures what happened here in NY on that terrible day. I saw the second plane hit and I lost friends that day. It has been so difficult to deal with this. Your words touch my heart very deeply.|
|Reviewed by Dallas Franklin
|Excellent writing, Molly..your points of view and feelings are expressed beautifully. 9/11 affected the world~~~God Bless the World.~~~~~~~Dallas
|Reviewed by Masarat Daud (Reader)
|First of all, thanks for rating my article. I aint sure if you read the JIHAD article that I had written which is also in conjunction with the Sept 11 attacks. I enjoyed your article becuase the words had the feeling and emotions in them. Keep it up! Do read the Jihad article because it clarifies the Muslim stand on terrorism. Watever happened will never be justified by ANY religion, whatsoever. Peace! www.authorsden.com/masaratdaud|
|Reviewed by J Michael Kearney
|I think the eleventh effected people all over the world. It was the singular most deadly act of terrorism in modern times. I think you put a lot of the feelings of a good many people in perspective. // Fine writing.|
|Reviewed by EVELYN LOCKERT
|You are indeed a talented writer, Molly! Thanks for rating my articles on WBM!|