That dayIt's 11.45pm, September 11, here in Australia. I wasn't going to post anything, but I couldn't just lie in bed and not...
Exactly three years ago today I was, as usual, running late to work in smalltown USA, throwing some cereal in a bowl as I turned on CNN behind me to try and catch some news before I ran out the door. I vaguely heard what was coming out of the TV as I poured my milk, turned around and saw the Twin Towers billowing smoke. I slowly sat down and watched, dumbfounded as I began to comprehend what was happening before my eyes. I left my untouched cereal on the coffeetable when I finally left for work.
Walking out of my apartment, to my car - everything around me seemed to be happening as normal, which was wrong. People should be dazed, like I was. At work the radio was on in the background, but everyone was working. I just wanted to huddle near it, to find out what was happening. Our world was changing, and I was scared.
Local paper today said, 'Terror turns three'. Terror has been around much longer than three years, only it's most visible and psychologically devastating outworking is remembered today. More accurately it would read, 'Anti-terror turns three'. The change in the world has been the response to terror.
As I leave this 9-11 on one side of the world, and Americans begin to remember it on the other, we all mark this as a day that changed the world we live in. Let's just hope that, unlike the horrific day three years ago that we remember, we effect change in a way that honours the innocent, wherever they are.
the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/11/2004 11:47:00 pm || ||