9/11 Reflections  

rm_MustangD6644 53M
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9/11/2006 5:26 am

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9/13/2006 5:03 am

9/11 Reflections

Five years ago I woke up to hear the radio announcer state [DD on Gold FM]in a somewhat subdued tone, that there was a situation unfolding in the US where terrorists had hijacked planes and slamed them into the World Trade Centre.

Shocked and alarmed I raced to the lounge room to turn on the TV. I also just realised that the weather on that day was fine and sunny just like today was. The footage which greeted us was that which we have all seen repeated over and over again, of the first and then the second jet hitting the towers.

In a fight or flight response, I recalled the fuel frenzie that occurred during the start of the Gulf War and so went and filled up both the car and my van, before driving in to work. Naturally my now ex Father in Law mocked my actions, he wasnt worried he could walk to work, this was while he still worked.

I think that to preserve my sanity I ended up turning off the radio in the van because it was just repeating it's self. Later on in the day when my now ex wife rang and she was crying and finding the whole thing depressing and very upsetting. I told her to just turn the TV off, you know what has happened so watching it repeated endlessly isnt going to change things only get you down.

Strangely my clients wife that day was an airline stewardess who had just got back from a flight to NZ, and I think she may have done a US flight the week before. Naturally she was very shaken by the events.

When I got home that night I like many others watched the extended news services. The thing that really upset me the most was the tragic loss of all those firemen and policemen. Saving your own skin is one thing but to go into a burning building to rescue others, that takes something extra.

I find even to this day that I look up at all aircraft, wondering if things are OK. this is partly because I live near the flight path for Melbourne Airport. I also had a friend who lived under the final approach turn for the Airport where the big jets are going low and slow, and I couldnt really sleep with those jet noises overhead, I even felt uncomfortable just watching them go over. I still do.

The world changed in many ways for many people on September 11 2001, and unfortunately not for the better. It is our generation's "Pearl Harbour", but this is a different type of war. A war of shadows and fear.

Fear is the terrorists main weapon, and it does far more damage than bullets, guns, bombs or planes. Fear is like a colony of termites eating away at your insides day in day out, until one day you collapse in a crumpled heap.

US President Franklin Delano Rosevelt said to the US and the World following Pearl Harbour;

"We have Nothing to Fear, except Fear Itself",

and what was true then is still true today. If we give in to fear, then fear and therefore the terrorists win.

We cannot let that happen.


rm_MustangD6644 53M
1031 posts
9/13/2006 5:03 am

That phone call must have cost a fortune, Shabby.

I thought for one minute you were going to say you got your children to watch the footage, phew, thankfully you didn't. I guess being able to cuddle your kids that night and morning was a way of drawing what is important to you, close to you.

I was watching the Jim Lehrer News hour on SBS and they were having a group discussion looking back at 9/11. One young guy commented that for our generation where we were when the planes hit was like when JFK was shot or when Pearl Harbour was attacked, but unlike JFK this was an act of war, not the action of one gunman. As a result the reaction of his generation has more in common with his grandparents and Pearl Harbour than his parents and the VietNam anti war marches.

A very astute observation I thought.


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