12 years have passed, and I still remember this day like it was yesterday. Not being able to get a hold of my loved ones in NYC, feeling helpless against the unimaginable views on the television...
The fear of the 9/11 attacks still strikes us all, as it was more then a terror attack. It was an attack of a symbol more then anything else. When an individual, or a group are attacking a symbol of the free world, cancelling it, destroying it, contaminating it with political and personal agendas - it leaves a fear in the public's eyes for years to come. It can change a view, a state of mind, and also leave a mark of fear and hate towards other.
In the case of 9/11, I feel like a fear of everything Muslim crawled itself into the American public as well as the entire world. This how extremest monsters who claim to act in the name of anything else but themselves manages to inject poison into our minds and hate to our hearts. If any one was to truly read the Muslim writing, they'll see that it had nothing and anything with this atrocious...
Being in a position of power, taking control of a national symbol is something far more dangerous then an physical attack as it attacks our subconscious and our fear of loosing control over the beacons of hope we see in our 'symbols'.
On a positive note, I would like to address the subject of how art can use symbols for the good. How are art can be revolutionary. How art can change the public's point of view for ending fear and chaos.
In the following months after 9/11, you could walk the street of NY and feel a sense of unity in the people. A feeling of true comradeship. A mutual understanding that once there's huge threat on all of us, our only chance is to stand together. Living in NY for months showed just how much this city is united on one hand, and yet how much fear and hatred lurks beneath the surface, waiting for a chance to rise up again, when the memory of a non dividing threat will ease down.
We should never forget that a fight for freedom, equity and humanity - is road we must all walk together.
For all the people who lost their lives, and all who lost their loved ones on the 9/11 attack on freedom. We won't forget, and we;ll keep fighting for a united front against any attempt of attacking our freedom again.
God bless. Amen, אמן.
David Kawena, 2013.
we will never forget the 3000 innocent persons they killed and also 2 business towers (almost 1.5 billion dollars)
but we don't give a f** about the several thousands lives we took in Iraq, nuking the japs, supporting israel with WMD..
we only care about american lives because they are special and god loves them (both the god of the jew and christians)
Or, we could just not kill civilians. War isn't about killing innocents.
The whole Afghanistan war was pointless. Killing so many people (as well as losing many soldiers) just to bring justice to ONE man (who was simply replaced) was a terrible move that not many people supported in the first place.
As for Japan, just because they bomb our MILITARY BASE doesn't mean we can kill their CIVILIANS. In the most horrible way, too...
Well, I can say that I don't know that much about either of these wars (so you're probably right) but I still think that we shouldn't have dropped that bomb. You know, Einstein worked out to split the atom, and came to the US so that it wouldn't get into German hands. But what do we do? Exactly what the Germans would have done.
And I'm not saying it's ok for the Japanese military to slaughter innocents, but that doesn't mean we should slaughter theirs. Those Japanese civilians had nothing to do with the poor choices that their government made. Maybe many of them were against the war, or they wanted nothing to do with it.
Hindsight is 20/20. They didn't have that luxury. They did what they felt would bring about the quickest end to the war, which probably saved a whole lot more lives than a ground invasion of Japan which would have resulted in many more civilian deaths as well as the added deaths of more American/Allied soldiers.
take a look at their photos, see all those deformed babies, imagine it's your son , how would you feel if you were against the war and someone bombed your child anyway?
American soldiers and politicians are as savages as those who did 9/11 they just talk nicely and have good media to cover their action.
I suppose that you wouldn't even bother to remember what we did for the Japanese civilians during and after the war either. In Okinawa, the Japanese government convinced the people living on the island that the Americans coming would kill, rape, and destroy everything. Mothers jumped off cliffs with their children and people shot themselves to spare themselves the fate they felt awaited them. When our military arrived, we provided medical care, food, and other services to help with the war torn island after the Japanese military retreated and left them for dead. When I lived in Okinawa, the elders that were alive during that time were still SO grateful to the Americans and all we had done for them. Then after the war, we helped Japan rebuild and recover. Many Asians still hate the Japanese because of WWII. My mother, who is half Japanese, visited Korea once and a Korean woman spat at her face when she learned what my mom was.
I can't believe how sick and twisted your views of our military are. If you bothered to pick up a history book and not see everything as black and white then you might have known about some of these facts. No, war is not pretty, and there are always casualties, but you were not alive during that time. How could you possibly know what was the best decision at the time, especially since you have the added benefit of hindsight? They didn't. Don't think for a second that you are more informed and smart than a general, or a president, or even a ground soldier. You have the luxury of sitting comfortably behind a computer screen and spouting your biased hatred about a topic you are so ignorant of.
They shouldn't be forgotten like this.
Oh sorry. We didn't realize you were actually there.