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If you are one of the ones fed-up with 9/11 rememberances, don't bother reading this.

Five years ago I didn't know any of the people who might read this. I was hardly online at that point.

This was pre "Lord of the Rings" movies as "Fellowship of the Ring" was released Dec. 19, 2001. I didn't get online much at all until summer of 2002, and a large amount of what I was looking about for was LOTR stuff.

Pretty much everyone I chat with, email, know on forums all stem from my love of "Lord of the Rings" and my getting online to learn more about the films and more about Billy Boyd who played "Pippin Took".

Much of why my life is different is more to do with those movies and Billy Boyd. Yet, I feel very strongly about what happened this day those five years ago.

I will not forget.

I will not fall for the trap of blaming the USA more than we blame those who planed the attack, organized the attack and acted upon those plans. Who intentionally targeted the Towers - civilian targets. Who targeted a military target, the Pentagon, but used a plane filled with civilians as their bomb. Who targeted a governmental/military target, either the White House or the Capitol, but were going to use a plane filled with civilians as their bomb - a plane those civilians took down with themselves aboard in Shanksville, PA.

I didn't know what had happened that morning because I don't turn the TV or radio on in the mornings. I hadn't gotten online and most likely wouldn't have for awhile as, like I said above, I didn't get online much at that time. I was supposed to go see my Aunt in Bloomington, IN that day but had called her the night before to say I might not make it as one of my cats hadn't come home that night and I would take the time to find her. Goldie came home the morining of 9/11 and I called my Aunt to say I'd be coming. She just quietly asked if I knew what had happened, I said no. She said,"I'm going to hang up. Go turn on your TV." Otherwise, I might have gotten all the way to her home, a 4 - 5 hour drive, without having any idea of what had happened.

It is a different day today.

It is raining here today instead of clear, clear blue.

I'm not sure we really have fought those who planned this hard enough. I don't think we've been able to fight the war as we should have. I'm often surprised by how many people I know who think we should have simply nuked any Middle East nation who has supported any of these radical Islamic leaders and harbored them and their followers. I'm not sure we should have done that but I'm not sure we've done enough.

I'm proud of our soldiers.

I'm frustrated with our media.

I'm sad for those who lost friends and family on the planes, in NY, in DC, in PA.

Some say we should just forget it, go on as though it didn't happen.

I feel sorry for those people.

Some obsess; think of nearly nothing else.

I feel sorry for those people.

We need to remember and use the memories to help us stand against those who hate us and other free nations. I don't want to live in the kind of countries these radicals what all the world to become.


Blessings to all who read this.



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Sep. 12th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Hi Pearl,

It takes something really special to get me to write something when I stop by here these days. Something that truly touches my heart and sense of "rightness". Everyday more and more "Americans" seem to be joining in on the "Oh, that's old news, time to grow up and move on" bandwagon. This attitude appears, at least to me, to be even more wide spread among those, shall I just say, "younger than you or I."

Where I grew up in NJ, just across the Hudson from lower Manhattan, it was a rare week when I did not see the NY skyline several times. And you did not see that skyline w/o noting the two towering buildings which stood proudly and majestically above all of lower M. They were the achievement of a bold nation and a bold generation - a nation of individuals not afraid to stand up and speak out. A nation built upon the premise of individual freedoms and justice for all.

Today in America, those who stand up to DEMAND their freedoms which are being heinously diluted by the so prevalent well meaning, yet ignorant, do-gooders and far too many bureaucrats who are in reality little more than prostitutes bartering the very cornerstones of our nation's "founding" freedoms and individual rights f/ the "chads" of the collective do-gooding masses whose limited insight and "informed" views are the sole product of 90 second news videos and 15 second campaign infomercials as brought to them by the virtually totally commercialized media.

Want to see your friends run? Stop just running around w/ the flag in your hand and start speaking up about specific issues and how badly the American people are being cluelessly manipulated by entities who stand to gain ungodly sums of $ by justifying the flushing of those basic rights into the sewers under the guise of progress and safety.

Beside my work office door is a slab of glass about 14" wide that goes from the floor to the height of the door. Upon it are taped three items. One is a photo of an American Flag; under that is a 4" high x 14" long postcard of the lower Manhattan skyline complete w/ the Twin Towers; beneath that is a photo of the rubble that was left of those structures and the lives of the those that were killed on that day. It does make a statement; and more than one of my younger more open-minded, more global-minded, more politically correct co-workers have commented that as we are such a global company perhaps I should not remind everyone of such a negative and politically charged moment in time. And while I would argue that hanging a picture of the American Flag and one before and after shot of the WTC hardly constitutes being obsessed, I disagree w/ them about sweeping it under the carpet because we fear offending someone by our refusal to play the out-of-sight-out-of-mind game when it comes to so grievous an insult to the once great American people. I would ask those native to this area - "How would you feel if it were the St. Louis Arch that had been f/ever removed from your city's skyline? How would you feel if it were the deaths of your fellow Mid-Americans? How would you feel if you came from a time when people could stand up and DEMAND their freedoms w/o being viewed as being in the wrong and being someone to be feared and shunned by their so-called fellow AMERICANS?"

...but, I can not expect those to whom losing f/ever their lesser (if there is such a thing) freedoms is just another daily occurrence to understand why such silly little things bother me - alas...

Anyway, my very best to you, my dear! And that was a wonderful post, young lady. But f/ now I must again bid you a warm "adieu" and once again return to other far-away places. Calins, Jim
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
Blessing to you, Cap'n, and to your lovely Lady,

Thank you. You know a hurt from this that I don't. I was only near New York City once. The summer of 1971 when my Mom and I went to England and we changed planes at the airport. There would have only been one finished tower there at that point. I don't remember seeing it - we arrived in NYC at night.

You saw them every week for several years. You most likely saw them going up (I can't remember how old you are. I was in my teens for most of the years they were being built) That makes it so much more personal and you are spot on to compare that with how people in St. Louis would feel if it had been the Arch. I would say that the terrorists wouldn't bother with the Arch - it wouldn't have killed enough people for their tastes.

Thank you for your photos on your window at work. We remember the Alamo, we don't forget Pearl Harbor, we need to never forget the attack of 9/11/01.

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