Monday, September 11, 2006
Its been 5 years since that awful day. There are no words to say that havent already been said. No words to write that havent been written. My prayer for those left behind after the loss of their loved ones: May you find peace and closure. I hope you have found a way to move on with life. While not forgetting, but finding away to live with the good memories.
I remember the first anniversary of 9/11. A number of women's magazines and tv stations in the US profiled the babies born after 9/11. Women that were pregnant before 9/11 and gave birth. Children that would never know their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers...male relatives. Off all the stories after 9/11, this was one that hit me hard.
Its been very easy for the world to focus on the towers falling, planes crashing, plumes of smoke, Osama Bin Laden, George Bush and the conspiracy theories. BUT...through all this, let us not forget the human element. Its very easy to see the figure 2,763(?). Lives lost that day. But each of these lives meant the world to someone. Impacted other lives. May their souls rest in peace.
Immediately after 9/11, the government mounted campaigns urging all residents in the US, to go about life as normal in order to prove to the terrorists that they hadnt won. 5 years on. I say the terrorists have won. Life has changed. People are scared of their shadows. Wars are being fought on the pretext and background of 9/11. Islamophobia has taken over most of the world. The list goes on and on.
September 11, 2001 - A day we will and should never forget.