Some of what I may say behind the cut may be offensive to some readers. You have been warned.
First a test, stolen from joshuapanther
, who stole it from grimkitten
, who stole it from demonfafa
1. Where were you when you heard about the attacks on the pentagon and WTC?
Well, I had just been woken up by our phone ringing off the hook. I checked my v-mail, and everyone I knew had called to tell me to turn on the TV. This was around 11:30ish.
2. What country or group did you suspect immediately?
I was half awake, and my first thought was pissed off architecture critics. I mean, avoiding all the other issues here, the WTC and the Sears tower are/were some of the ugliest things ever erected.
3. Who were you with?
At first, just me. I woke up my roommate. Then I went in foir my first day of work at my current job.
4. Who did you call first?
I returned mom's call.
5. What did you do the rest of the day?
I worked, then I came home and tried very hard not to think about the aftermath.
6. Did you have any friends or family killed in the attacks?
7. Do you think 9-11 should be a holiday?
If they ever do make it a holiday, I assume it will become like most of the other military holidays in a few years. Remembered by a few, and an excuse to buy discounted crap at your local Sears store.
8. Do you think even a % of the money donated really made it to the families?
A small % maybe.
9. Have you been to Ground Zero?
Not since it became ground zero. ***
I still disagree with people who tell me that vengence is all-important. We are a country founded on the principles of justice, not vengence. I find it rude that we claim to be trying to institue democracy in in the countries we're overrunning, and yet we do not offer their citizens the same rights we take for granted in our own lives.
My mother, G-d fearing conservative that she is, called and bitched that we aren't praying for the terrorist's families, since they too died. Funny that my mother of all people has the sentiment that no death should be unmourned. I still have yet to figure out why invading Iraq is all important. For that matter, I'm still wondering why my friend Trent came back from the desert only to become a homeless looney unloved by anyone, and told by the Vet hospital that there was no such thing as Gulf War syndrome.
I will not defend the actions taken by those to create terror and unrest in any country, particularly ours. But I also wonder how many others realized why the WTC was attacked rather than Lady Liberty. I really believe it was less of an attack on America, than an attack on Capitalism, and exploiting everything for personal gain.
Many people died, and many more were hurt. And everyone found a way to relate to it. And some people even found ways to tie it in to their political beliefs to try and use it for more fodder. As goddamndunce
said earlier, "Quit pimping the dead".
And I also can't help but feel that some people have used this as a chance to play stage magician, using this as a distraction while they pull some slight-of-hand manuvers while everyone is looking elsewhere. Why look at our domestic problems when we should obviouysly be looking overseas at how bad and evil everyone else is? Or the attitude of "Well, they attacked us, let's shop and show them how great we are." Huh?
Dammit, I keep breaking my promise of not saying anything, since I'd like to believe that most of the stuff is coming from people mourning. I just wish we could mourn for the dead, rather than for two ugly skyscrapers and an idea that will never die.