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9/11 by davidkawena 9/11 by davidkawena
9/11 we stand together for humanity!


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.
DK.


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David Kawena, 2013.
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:iconimma-coolboy:
imma-coolboy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
my father died in the twin tower attack ill never forget his final words
ALLAH AKBAR
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Whindex Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Good ol' 9/11.
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:iconderpyzelda:
DerpyZelda Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Writer
That's what today is...
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:' (
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thechaostheory87 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
It seems that a lot of people have seen this and instead of seeing several paragraphs beautifully written and adorned by a simple yet striking image, they seem to have seen a mass of propaganda and political agenda. Shocking really when you consider that the picture only contains 2 colours but can still cause so much some people to spit venom.

I saw this and thought of how good some people can be, not only sharing a piece of their artwork with us but sharing a piece of themselves. This was written from the artists heart.

And then I made the grave error of scrolling down and reading the comments, at which point I remembered how selfish and ugly a small percentage of the population can be.
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xXxStarxDustxXx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i got goose bumps looking at this, truly amazing :) 
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RyoYamaki Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is in bad taste. Do not try to pin propaganda on a symbol of a national tragedy. Manipulative indeed.
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trueblackflames Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
The US government did 9/11 to start a series of wars which continue till this day.
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:icondivinehearts:
Divinehearts Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And the Earth is also flat and we never landed on the moon.
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:iconschplitzkriegs:
Schplitzkriegs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't forget Holocaust denial as well- that's another stupid (and insensitive) conspiracy theory.
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8SuperGurl8 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lots of love for you.Pervy Blossom 
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Sutsuki-Sensei Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Can't believe it's already been ten years.

Beautiful, gorgeous, and all-around magnificent piece, and I think the simplicity of it does the image justice.
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kuabci Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I find this very manipulative.  Don't use 9/11 imagery for irrelevant propaganda.
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EsileSonia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here, and I'm 100% pro-marriage equality.
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Rurrrb Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist
True. I have no idea what 9/11 has to do with marriage equality.
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BoyfriendKisser Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed
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RyoYamaki Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel the same.
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agreed
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America-gay-love Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
the world must understand that every American's live equals  1000 lives of these Barbarians Arabic  Muslims, and 0.001 Israeli live
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)
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Divinehearts Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No one seems to give a crap either about the millions of Chinese civilians the Japanese slaughtered in WWII either.  God forbid AMERICANS have a day of remembrance for AMERICANS killed.  Apparently we have to hold a day for every other country who has ever lost civilians.
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Poke-Max Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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...

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Divinehearts Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
 Or, you can look up the reasons for our reasons for entering both wars, which are not for only the one reason you list for each.  Nice try at trying to paint it all one color.  And I guess you're trying to suggest it's okay for Japan to slaughter millions of innocents, but if it's America that does it on a much smaller scale to try and stop them from doing so then WE must be the monsters.  Look it up yourself.  I'm not going to be your Google search because you're too lazy to do it yourself.
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Poke-Max Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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.

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DeviantDreams Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013   Photographer
In addition to what Divinehearts said, both Hiroshima and Nagasaki knew the A-bombs were coming. The US government gave civilian evacuation orders to Hiroshima and Tokyo (and later Nagasaki) well in advance of the bombings. The only reason Nagasaki was bombed was because Tokyo didn't evacuate fast enough. 

And yet people still want to compare that to unprovoked terrorist attacks? Perhaps it is ironic that it was a German philosopher who said "of that which you do not know, you should not speak."
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Divinehearts Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I commend you on keeping such a calm and level head.  Most people just tend to devolve into a screaming match over this subject.  I still say we have no right to pass judgement on the people responsible for this event because it's easy to say, "That's bad." or, "They're wrong." 60 years later after the fact.  Besides, the reason Nagasaki and Hiroshima were chosen is because they were major military and industrial centers dedicated to their war effort.  It wasn't out of the blue, or because of their civilian population that they were picked.

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.
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Poke-Max Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I see your point, and the only thing I can say is that it was still really horrible.

 

But that's war, isn't it?

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Divinehearts Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed it is.
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Pinkie-Mads Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for injecting wisdom into a tragic event. I appreciate it Divinehearts.
We do mourn the losses of people who have died as a result of our actions. But we don't have to make it a national remembrence day in order to do that! 
Do you know what Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is? 
MILLIONS of soldiers who have returned from war have night terrors and regret about the people they had to kill and the things they had to do during their service. 
Lost lives are not forgotten. EVER. 
Do not make the ignorant mistake of believing for even ONE SECOND, that we don't care. 
(and By the way, even though it was extreme, dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an event that ended the warfare between America and the Japanese. Don't forget all the soldiers and civillians that died at pearl harbor. And all the babies who were born with Cancer because of it. You don't see the Japanese having pearl harbor day to remember the atrocious military decision they made. They don't celebrate our casualties. Not many countries do. SO DON'T SINGLE US OUT.) 
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America-gay-love Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
yeah sure  ended the war, it ALMOST ENDED THE COUNTRY, america not only killed (almost) a million innocent people whom had nothing to do with war but also destroyed the future of thousands babies, with the ugliest weapon ever created
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. 
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Divinehearts Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Are you kidding me?  Almost ended the country?  The bombings weren't a decision made lightly.  We and the British gave MULTIPLE warnings to the Japanese that if they didn't surrender then we would drop them, warnings their government promptly IGNORED.  China was our ally and the Japanese were slaughtering MILLIONS of their civilians along with millions of other Asians, so we had to do something.  Those two cities were chosen not because of the civilians living there, but because of the large military and industrial headquarters there.

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.
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Pinkie-Mads Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Japanese Killed thousands of innocent citizens of ours! There are still babies born today that have birth defects in Hawaii. 
You CAN'T have a double standard for such an important issue (even if it is in the past) Just because of your biased opinion on America. 
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RS-Kyra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you for this comment. Seriously.
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SouthParkFan99 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I couldn't agree more.
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AzRaIL922 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So true...and so sad. Sure these were innocent people in 9/11 but what about all the hundreds of thousands killed in Iraq / Afghanistan? And for what? Sure they had weapons of mass destruction. US Government nuked Japan twice no one gives a fuck. But 9/11. Everyone must remember this day! Iam tired of all these 9/11 days when we must remain in silence for a minute. Fuck that. What about all the innocent people who get killed every day by drones etc.? Maybe a few people were responsible for what happened there. But then a whole religion is bad? I know many many muslims, these are the most decent peoples I have ever seen. And THAT is true. Not like 9/11.
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hae-ri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
This. This so much. Of course it's sad that so many people died in this attack, but for Christ's sake, there were more casualties than the Americans.
They shouldn't be forgotten like this.

Thank you for your comment because I kind of was in despair throughout the day seeing no one mention what you did.
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AgentA122 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A moment we as United States Americans will never forget, whether it's planned or not, real hard working Americans died on that day. God bless them. :salute:
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

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HectorMcreyes Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Grandiós
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EilonwyG Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully written, simply stated.  This, even in its simplicity, truly brings an emotional impact.  No matter how many years go by, we will never forget.
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
it's been 12 years.
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shyluck Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Oh sorry. We didn't realize you were actually there.

SHUT-UP!!!!

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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
What I mean is that I've seen it on TV in my 3rd grade years. I do feel bad for the people who are there and died on that day.
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
911 
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Mesanthroppee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I was in NYC in 2011 it gave me the chills being near the place. Though those light towers they made on september 11 filled me with some kind of a feelng of goodnes... Sounds silly, but still it's a good thing people remember...
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shiny-kiyoko Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
12 YEAHRS -...... O_O damn
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