Tag Archive: Terrorism

A moment of silence

If you follow my review blog you know that I just reviewed a book about the financial crisis that was caused by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. If you don’t follow my reviews, the review is here: Resurrecting the Street.

This was a very difficult book for me to finish, not because of the content, not because half the time I didn’t understand what he was talking about, Govie Markets, Repos, blah, blah, blah. The problem was all the memories that it dragged up. Memories that I had shoved to the back of my head, things I didn’t want to think about. It also brought up for me a sense of shame, embarrassment that I don’t remember what the skyline looked like before.

I walked to the river from my office one day and looked toward lower Manhattan, but I had no idea if I was looking in the right spot, coming back from Staten Island I looked at the lights in the buildings, so pretty! Is this where the twin towers were?

People who know me, who know my lousy sense of direction will tell me (I hope) that I shouldn’t be embarrassed or ashamed, I don’t think that would help. On that day I was at work, I worked in Westchester County at the time, and I remember that day, from the moment someone said, “Someone bombed the World Trade Center.”, to walking down to Cesar’s office and see the flames shooting out of the tower on the TV, running to call my mom so she wouldn’t see the news later and worry. So many details crystal clear in my head, except for that one, where were they and what did the skyline look like? I feel like a bad person.

There a few reasons for my statement in my last post:

Do I think this will change things in the U.S. and abroad? No not really, terrorism is still out there,

On May 1, 1945 Germany announced the Adolf Hitler was dead, he actually committed suicide the day before. While many may say he was not a terrorist, he was a dictator, he is considered by many to be the embodiment of evil and is responsible for the death of millions of innocent people, just because they didn’t fit his requirements to be a part of the perfect race. Today we have Neo-nazis, who may not have the same ideals as Hitler, they do much to spread hatred, racism and fear.

One could consider Hitler to be a state sponsored terrorist, much like the Fatah of the PLO who were responsible for the murder of the athletes of the Israeli 1972 Olympic Team in Munich. Do you remember this image? I remember seeing this, I remember being horrified by what happened. When it was over, 11 Israelis and a German policemnan were dead. Five terrorists were killed and three were captured and held in Germany. A month and a half later Palestinian terrorists hijacked a Lufthansa jet and demanded the 3 terrorists be released. Germany complied.

Despite Mossad assuming the responsibility to hunt down kill those responsible for the terrorist attack, one of the leaders, Abu Daoud, remains at large, he even wrote a book titled “Memoirs of a Palestinian Terrorist,” as well as, “Palestine — A History of the Resistance Movement, by the Sole Survivor of Black September.” For which he was awarded the Palestine Prize for Culture in 1999 for his book.

On February 26, 1993, an explosion occurred in the World Trade Center. The explosion caused six deaths, 1,042 injuries, and nearly $600 million in property damage. Middle Eastern terrorism had arrived on American soil delivered by a small band of terrorists that scurried away from the scene unnoticed, later to be identified as Islamic fundamentalists. The leader’s plan was to collapse one of the towers, and he thought/hoped the debris from that tower would knock down the other tower.

April 19, 1995 marked the arrival of homegrown terrorism with the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. Timothy McVeigh was the kid next door. The bomb exploded with enough force to shatter one third of the seven-story structure to bits and lifted pedestrians off the ground. One hundred and sixty eight people were killed, more then five hundred were wounded.

And then we have the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. One of those dates where almost everyone remembers where they were. My friend’s husband saw a plane flying south down the Hudson, he thought it was weird, there normally aren’t planes flying there. My future boss came around the corner in the office and said, ‘The World Trade Center just got bombed.’ I went and looked at the T.V. in his bosses office, then ran to call my mother. I found a report that 2,752 men, women and children died at the World Trade Center. I’m not sure how accurate that is. Although I certainly knew what terrorism was I am not sure I had heard of Al Qaeda before this, now it is definitely a familiar name.

So even if the death of bin Laden affects Al Qaeda, lessening its power, there were terrorist before, there will continue to be terrorists.

The day after

Sunday night the announcement was made by President Barak Obama that Osama bin Laden was dead. There was much speculation about possible retaliation, comments that this didn’t mean the end of the war or hostilities. The Daily Post even posted this question:

According to reports yesterday, Osama bin Laden was killed. What will change, for you, for the U.S., for the world, now that Osama is gone? Or it will it not have much of an effect at all?

Monday morning I took the train into Grand Central Terminal. Like I’ve been doing the past 5-½ years I wondered if this morning would be any different. The mood on the train was normal. It wasn’t my normal train since I had overslept, but I have taken the train occasionally. We got off the train and headed up the ramp, so far it was a normal day. Then at the top of the step were two police officers. That is not usual, then inside the doors two more, then a K-9 officer, they weren’t being intrusive, just standing around watching every one. There were just a lot more then normal.

Do I think this will change things in the U.S. and abroad? No not really, terrorism is still out there, there is the chance of retaliation that we need to be aware of, if the terrorist leaders have done their job correctly, teaching that this is a holy war not a war for the leaders, I fully expect someone to step up and take over where Osama left off.

And that is all, says she.

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Sun, May 01, 2011 — 10:43 PM ET

Osama bin Laden Is Dead, U.S. Official Says

Osama bin Laden has been killed, a United States official said.

President Obama is expected to make an announcement on Sunday night, almost ten years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Read More: NY Times

I am watching the President’s announcement now. He is so articulate, he spoke about 9/11/2001, about the war on terrorism, his promise and the events leading up to the assault that killed bin Laden. He ended it with, “May God bless the United States of America.”