Five years ago today was a beautiful late summer day, just like today appears to be starting out. How peaceful and serene. But high in the air around this time a plane was flying toward New York City with malicious intent. The beautiful sky exploded in a blinding flash at one of the Twin Towers a few minutes later. I had the TV on and heard it announced. What a hellish accident I thought. Then the TV showed a plane coming toward the second tower. For some reason I thought it was on a rescue mission or attempting to assess the damage. Then I saw it hit the tower. I couldn’t believe my eyes. What a coincidence, was my first thought. I went outside to tell Cynthia — I think she was weeding her flower garden — as the thought began to dawn on me that these were deliberate acts. I was assuming that some nuts had rented small planes and had suicidally crashed them into the towers for some reason. A little later Nadim told me in an email — or was it by phone? — that these planes were full-sized passenger planes carrying people. The horror really sunk home to me at that point.
The Horror. The Horror. Kurtz, he dead. [Joseph Conrad: The Heart of Darkness]
A few days later our deer president got his eyes out of the headlights and addressed the Nation. We were going to get the perpetrators of these terrible acts, dead or alive. Well, the rest is history. The sad irony is that we could have used Saddam to help us capture Osama. (Rummy used him in the 80’s.) Now we’re stuck in an on-going horror show in Iraq while Osama runs free. We’ve decimated much of al-Qeada but have created new copy-cat versions while Osama and his brain trust, Ahman al-Zawahiri, still at large, egg them on. Much of the moderate Muslim world has turned against us.
Now the Bushies are all excited about Iran, a nation that may be developing nuclear power but has not attacted another nation in a century. Well, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, someone said. FDR of course — thank God for him (and LBJ)! I got my Soc. Sec. and Medicare. According to the latest Republican plan to hold Congress, all this talk makes me a Nazi sympathizer! lol lol
I used to hate Hitler. Still do in fact. Oh well.