Sunday Question – Your Thoughts About 9/11/10?

It may seem strange writing about this topic 6 days before we get there, but it makes for a better Sunday Question than just a post on the day, although I’m not ruling out saying something on the day as well.

Next Saturday is the 9th anniversary of the planes flying into the World Trade Center and pretty much changing our world forever. That could sound like hyperbole until you think about it. Two wars came from that. Extremism took another step forward to the point where terrorists are using children for suicide bombs. There are so many more things we have to do now before we can get on an airplane. We have a Department of Homeland Security. The FBI has been given the right to bug any one of us without a warrant just by saying it’s terrorist related and there’s not a thing we can do about it. And there’s this stupid battle over whether a mosque should be allowed to be built near the former area of the World Trade Center, as if Muslims weren’t also killed on that day and as if there’s any legal standing to prevent them from doing so.

Emotions for many are still high about that day. And yet, in many other ways it’s business as usual. My wife is going to some housewares party. Many universities will be playing football on that day, and all professional sports will go on as usual. It’s a Saturday after all, and it’s 9 years later. On Facebook two weeks ago someone said that it’s still too soon for certain things to be occurring and I asked just how long is long enough? And trust me, I get it; my dad passed away 8 years ago and I’m still bothered by it. Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon almost 30 years ago and people are still mad. The Manson family murders occurred more than 40 years ago and people are still mad. Brown vs. Board of Education was decided in 1954 and people are still mad. World War II,… you get the picture.

It’s a simple question then, probably answered differently for those in the United States than those elsewhere. What thoughts do you have as we approach the 9th anniversary of the second day that will live in infamy?

The World Trade Center

The World Trade Center








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24 comments on “Sunday Question – Your Thoughts About 9/11/10?

  • What the “first” day?

    It’s weird, Mitch, I still have not collected my thoughts about that day. When I wrote about 9/11, I was mentioning the things that my own children have witnessed in their 18 – 28 years of life. I do know how I felt 9 years ago, however. I kind of thought we were being disrespectful by living. I thought I should cancel events that I was taking part of and planning around that time. It’s like when my Michael died, I found myself almost getting angry that the world didn’t stop/pause … whatever. I didn’t really need counseling to understand that life goes on. We have to do what we have to do and we can still respectfully remember.

    • The “first day” was the attack on Pearl Harbor, the first time the real country known as the United States was actually attacked from an outside entity when we weren’t really expecting it (which discounts other wars because the country either declared war first or started it).

      I know it’s a tough question, which is why I put it into a Sunday Question on a holiday weekend.

  • I honestly don’t know where to begin with this one. I do think we need to honor the people that died on that day, but I also don’t think we should stop living. That doesn’t help anything. The one thing 9/11 did for me was to be more picky about how I spend my time and to always make sure that when I leave the house, I tell my husband I love him. I keep thinking about the people that argued before work and promised to deal with it when they got home and never got home.

    • That’s a very good point, DeAnna. Leaving angry then never having the chance to say something nice is a terrible guilty burden to carry around for the rest of one’s life.

  • Jessica Sieghart says:

    9/11 was a life changing shock for me. I was watching the news coverage when my doorbell rang. my next door neighbor, in his 80’s, had just suffered the loss of his wife and stood at my door telling me he had a child in both The World Trade Center and The Pemtagon. After many grueling hours, we learned they were both ok. I realized how someone you love could just be gone so quickly. I’ve been incredibly more patient with people since that day and always make sure the ones I love know it. I don’t need an anniversary to think about that day. I think of it often, but I do believe that living for the better, more patient and openminded is the right way to recognize that tragedy as opposed to canceling football games or something. I know my opinion is probably in the minority, but I absolutely support that rec center being called a mosque at that location. That is America. That is what’s in our Constitution.

    • Jessica, I’m totally with you on allowing the mosque to be built; that is what America is all about, or at least supposed to be. I think about it often as well, and not just near the anniversary date either.

  • I can’t say that I have given much thought to the day this year.

    I agree with DeAnne that we need to honor those who lost their life that day, but how many other world’s tragedies have taken place that no one gives any thought to.

    Do we stop each year to pay respect to those who lost their life to Hurricane Katrina?

    We will never forget September 11, but I think it is important to show life does go on and America survived.

    • Actually Rose, the news about Katrina was really big this year because it was the 5th anniversary. I give thought to it often; probably because I am a New Yorker.

  • I wonder if you had me in mind when you wrote about those outside the USA. In many ways, it was a turning point in America’s way of looking at Islam. As an Indian, my thinking is well known to you and we have been living with terror for the past 63 years. If anything it has gotten worse in the recent past with Saudi/Wahabi money and education making significant inroads into Indian Muslims’ minds. I agree with Rose that the best way to cock a snook at these low life is to get our lives back on track as quickly as possible and get on with living like we did after our own 26/11.

    • Rummuser, I was thinking about you at a couple of points while writing this one. Because the U.S. is kind of separated from most of the rest of the world by oceans, it’s more of a shock when things do happen because we’re not always on the lookout for it. Well, we weren’t until the Homeland Security office was created and FBI powers were increased. I have to admit I’ve become way more alert to things over the years, but I don’t let the worries of any of it stop me from doing things.

  • I hope that 9 year later we have all become a little more tolerant with each other, and it’s important that we don’t forget.As far as I’m concern, I don’t blame Muslims for what happened then, but i do blame the extremists from both sides: our and theirs.

    • Mia, I blame extremists myself, and I don’t blame Muslims in general. However, I will admit that every once in awhile I still get really mad at the expressions of joy from those countries on the day of the bombing. Like we didn’t see them cheering on the news; I wanted to go out and blow up every single country in the Middle East for about a week. That’s where time becomes a blessing of sorts, because now I only want to blow up a couple of them. lol

  • As an Aussie I probably look at it a little differently too. I was living in the UK at the time in an area where there was a large Muslim community living nearby so their reaction on the whole was different again. I saw it on TV and 3 days later I was flying home. When I got here I was shocked that it appeared like Australia had not been touched other than those who had family members killed or injured. It wasn’t until the Bali bombings which is much closer to home for us in Oz and there were many Aussies killed there that our nation seemed to wake up and see we are not immune or isolated from the rest of the world. It is a day that seems to have changed the way we in the west view things that is for sure. We are now more multicultural in Australia and we have our own national issues with security. There will always be conflict and those who hate rather than love. I choose love, peace and joy over hate any day.
    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Patricia, love, peace and joy are always preferable to almost anything else in the long run. And I can see things being different based on where one lives. For instance, every year here in the Syracuse area there’s a tribute to those killed during the Lockerbie airplane explosion because most of the passengers were Syracuse University students. The rest of the world doesn’t care much, but locally it’s a major story. I think the closer you are to a story the more it impacts you long term.

      • I lived in the UK when Lockerbie happened. Up until then no-one would have been able to pinpoint where Lockerbie is in Scotland as it is just a small village. Forever now associated with such a tragic event. Many in the village moved out and some still bear the scars today.
        BTW Mitch thanks for pointing out the spam comment I had on my blog which I have now deleted. I even checked their site. This newbie still has sooooo much to learn.
        Patricia Perth Australia

      • Patricia, we’ll take care of you on the spam front; you’ll be a veteran scam-killer in no time.

        And you’re right, Lockerbie wasn’t in anyone’s vocabulary, but it’s quite famous around here now. Actually, the talk about BP & the guy they let go last year is on most people’s minds these days.

      • Thanks Mitch. There is a lot to learn but lots of helpful bloggers helping me along the way.
        Patricia Perth Australia

  • Even nine years later, the fact that the World Trade Center towers are gone doesn’t seem real to me. I spent a lot of time working in those buildings, and visiting as a tourist, too. We rarely went into Manhattan without going to the observation deck — the view was the best in the city, day or night. And I can’t get myself to think about all of those people who went to work on a beautiful September day, and hours later they were either dead or traumatized. The fact that the Pentagon was so easily attacked was a bigger shock. I’ve heard a lot of people compare 9-11 to Pearl Harbor, but I see at least one big difference: Another attack on a military base isn’t something people are expecting. It’s certainly possible, but it isn’t in the back of everyone’s mind on a daily basis. In fact, the more time goes by the less we seem to worry about that. Another terrorist attack is very possible, and no matter how much time goes by, we remain anxious. Terrorism is madness in its purest form, and it accomplishes nothing.

    • Charles, I know what you mean. I’m always looking out for strange stuff since that day. And I’d been to the top of the tower many times as well, though I never worked there. I’m definitely one of those people who wants something else there, just as big but stronger, to throw it back in the face of terrorists.

  • I’m still in shock regarding 911- and frankly when I hear a loud plane or see a plane flying low my heart skips a beat.

    I think being so “close” to the event (although hours away)has really hit New Yorkers hard……..when you think of air travel, they were maybe less than an hour (?) away by plane from us in the Central New York area. Scary!

    • We’re close, Carolee, and its a place we’d been to, at least me, multiple times. It’s just freaky knowing there was a place I loved to go, that big, that’s no longer there.

  • Burton Haynes says:

    My goodness, can you believe its been almost 10 years to this day. R.I.P. To everyone who died, it was a sad day. 9/11 was a very terrible day. It brought us together and made us closer than ever as a nation. All of the brave men and women who helped in the enormous rescue attempt, I salute each and every one of you. There were over 2000 innocent people who died that day, that still gives me the chills thinking about it. Men and women died, to save the lives of others. Over 300 firefighters, dead. Cherish the day. Remember the memories.

  • There’s no doubt that all of the opposition to the building of the Moslem Center is very stupid and unenlightened. It is being developed by peaceful Muslims who want to become part of the fabric of New York City. They desire to prove that they are American. Haters, get over it!

    • I agree with you on this, Alice. There’s so much hateful rhetoric being thrown around that there’s no place for any meaningful dialogue on the issue.

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