Since there have been in excessive of 19,000 attacks by Islamic terrorist I
think it is wise to remember these people are religious fanatics. One can only
hope moderate Muslims will do something about it.
Oops! That should have said Raliegh NC. I was headed for South Carolina that
I was in a plane on the runway at Reagan National Airport on that fateful
morning and while our plane eventually took off we eventually were forced to
land in Raliegh, SC before reaching our final destination. Two days later I
returned to Washington by car and viewed the still smoldering Pentagon as I
passed by and I said to my self, "Our lives will never be the same."
This essay accurately tells the story and portrays a strong nation
that has dealt with the tragedy in many meaningful and heroic ways. But as I
think of what life was like before that day I can't help see that in many
ways we have changed for the worse. Our recent political conventions and recent
action, or inaction, by the Congress remind us of the widening gap between our
citzens' attitudes about governemnt. I also wonder if the planned
decadence of the new World Trade Center isn't just what the terrorists were
targeting in 2001.I believe our country is strong and I know our
citizens are brave but I also hope we can someday return to the common values we
all shared before September 11, 2001.