And maybe we should remember the hundreds of thousands of lives lost due to the wars directly related to this attack? How 150 thousand innocent people were killed in Iraq, women and children raped, homes and families ruined? How thousands of young soldiers on both sides were forced by men in power to take part in a war they didn't believe in? Why don't we remember and respect them as well?
The loss of innocent life on 9/11 was a horrible deed, and it wasn't caused by maniac extremists. They were just puppets. It was caused by men with huge amounts of power in their hand, just to shift the balance in the world. God damn anyone who had anything to with this, and everyone who has had anything to do with the death of a single innocent life.
I agree that the 9/11 attacks were atrocious, but the world has seen much worse without giving it a second glance. We should remember them as well.
By remembering 9/11 no one is in any way saying that we should forget all of the other lives lost due to other terrorist issues. Not at all, and I do not see that being implied here. We should remember and respect all of those who have lost their lives. But one reason that 9/11 stands out (take note: I said stands out, not necessarily is more important than) is because the attack happened on home soil when America had had no threat of a close range attack for many years. Imagine what a horrifying shock it was. When the U.S. was in war, it was usually on foreign turf. That being said, having two planes, and one miss, if I am correct, fly into highly occupied buildings smack-dab in your own untouched country can really break you down. Not to mention that many people you saw that morning, that you never even dreamed of losing that day, like you father, mother, sibling or best friend, were instantly gone from your life. You were married one minute and a widow the next. It might not hit someone, how painful this kind of experience can be I mean, by just talking about it, but it is very painful. And that is why Americans focus on it every year during this time: the event itself may be over, but the consequences are not, and people are still hurting. So no, I highly disagree with those who say that we should just forget about it all, which automatically includes forgetting those who died in that event. I am sure you disagree too, as I know you still want us to remember everyone who died of like causes. And you are right: we should remember everyone. But just remember that by focusing on this incident, no one is saying that we should forget others.
I'd agree with you but also slightly disagree also. There are people out there who remember them all and respect every single one, there's nothing out there in this news article that begs to differ. 9/11 does get a lot of press but I think it comes down to the ultimately cruel calculus of how the world rolls. As such Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Africa and many other countries suffer a high death toll (be it through war, poverty or otherwise) and it becomes almost expected that people are going to die, to the particularly callous person, it'll be old news and one more thing that happens in a far off country that they just forget about.
America, on the other hand, hadn't experienced such a sudden, dramatic and thoughtless loss of life on such a scale as this in a very very long time. Not only is it a more economically and politically stable than most other countries, it was just a whole load of people going to work in a place they thought was safe, much like the 7/7 bombings. There are likely to be a lot of people out there who know a lot more Americans than in the smaller or further away countries.
However, I agree, although this tragedy should be remembered and those that died respected, sometimes I feel it dwarfs a lot of other equally tragic things that go on in the background
Unfortunately, many people relate this to muslims by saying they did it, but it doesn't make sense. Many muslims died that day too. No one clearly knows who did it, but even if it was the muslims, those are just one group of people, and they definitely did a wrong thing that's not part of what Islam teaches us. But people like to generalize.. I and most people around the World are against this self-destruction which is obviously done by the corrupt minded. It only destroys and causes troubles everywhere.
How rude. It was probably the most tragic accident in history (besides wars and all that). It changed the way the world is today. For example, on 9/10/01 people could happily get through an airport without having to have all these people check EVERYTHING in their bag. But today, we have metal detectors, security checking through every nook and cranny in your bag, etc. No one is the same after that accident.
see, I think ludacris' birthday when i think september 11, that and my best friends birthday. and for crying out loud, this was eleven years ago, March 11 was the FIRST anniversary of the Fukishima Disaster in Japan after the earthquakes and flooding, destroying more land, and not only killing, but giving nuclear poisoning to many, and that land is going to be useless indefinitely, and there was less of a fuss this year over that than 9/11
I remember exactly where I was that day. I was in high school in my morning choir class and our teacher had been missing for a bit of time because a fellow teacher rushed in to talk to him. He ran back in with a radio (as we had no TV in the choir room) and told everyone to sit down and shut up and listen.
He was very agitated and a bit panicked and I remember the expression he had on his face. I think that was the most silence I've ever heard in a classroom. After first period, everyone was directed to go to their homeroom for further directions as they figured out what they were going to do.
They decided to keep everyone in the school unless their parent requested them to leave the premises. I thought,"Who the hell can pay attention when this has happened?!" Some of my teachers even ignored the whole, 'treat it as a normal school day and teach' and would just leave the TV and let us watch the news.
During lunch period, the usually filled to the brim commons area was about 95% empty. I didn't get permission to leave until the very last period of the day with only 30 minutes of school to go before it let out when my mother called and told them it was okay for me to leave as I had called her during lunch and said, "I don't even see why they are trying to continue lessons seeing as most of the students are already gone. It's not like there is going to be a pop quiz or a test on a day like this, unless there is one seriously emotionally screwed up teacher here."
I went home and cried as I watched the news and I still cry whenever there is footage because the pain and fear those victims suffered... I can't even imagine.
Yes I do remember very well. To some it is the day when countless people lost their lives in the US. To others it is also when stereotypes against arabs and muslims were raised. To me it is both. Frankly I am saddened by what happened to both sides; but it has affected my people much more than others seem to think. Since other comments seem to have offered the first point of view on the matter, here is the second one: What happened after this tragedy? People were abused, treated unfairly because of their race and it "seemed" like all Americans were against them. "Various crimes such as vandalism, arson, assault, shootings, harassment, and threats in numerous places were documented." ~ wikipedia (the link Zev provided is very enlightening if you wish to know more) As long as people NEVER FORGET we are doomed to be seen and treated the way we are now.
Do you know, just in the Art world, how much I feel constricted by where I was born? I really feel like if I talk arabic on this site I will get less support (it is the reason I keep my country as unmarked and always reply in English) I cant use Paypal and several other systems because my country is blacklisted; (no commissions in or out.) I spent so much time working on my English because I want to travel to America for my studies in a couple of years, hopefully stay there for some time, and I don't want to feel like everyone is looking at me weirdly because of my vocabulary and accent.
People remember dates for different reasons but isn't it time to forgive each other?
Racism hurts us all. I bet if it was from the USA, hey wouldn't act this way.
I don't come from your country, I don't experience the exact same stuff, but I feel you. Sometimes it's hard to be something you can't change. But you know what? People should accept them for who they are- we are- and not bash us for our ancestrals. And the only thing we can do is show pride and defend our country. And it means a lot to do so.
Not that Osama wasn't bad, cause he was, but the rest of the country doesn't count...
Thank you for caring, If people were more open minded I am sure we could live better. But people let themselves get influenced so easily and this is the result. thank you for taking the time to read my block of text.
I remember. I was 11, just starting the 6th grade. We were in home room and everything was going fine until the PA system went off and the school's principal asked all the teachers to turn on the televisions in their classrooms. All I saw was a tower of smoke next to the twin tower that was still standing, and I really didn't understand what was going on. Then we all watched in horror on the live news coverage as the second plane hit. I was still too young to understand, but as soon as it happened the PA came on again asking the teachers to lock their doors and have students who needed rides call for them. Those that were bused would be escorted to the buses when they came.
I remember calling my mother and hearing her crying in panic on the other end. She came to get me, and like all the other parents was escorted to me with a police officer. That same officer escorted us out of the building and to our car before going back to a waiting line of parents who would go through the same thing to get to their children. Groups of children were being escorted out to waiting buses by police officers as well. It had an air of organized panic.
When mom got me home we went into the basement with the family dog and waited there until my cousin, who was living with us at the time, returned home as well. I sat and played my Gameboy while mom and my cousin watched the news on the tv my cousin kept down there. I wasn't allowed to go upstairs unless one of them was with me, and even though they tried to explain it I was only 11. I understood that people had died, and the word 'terrorist' was thrown around a lot, but I didn't really get it.
It wasn't until several years later during one of the numerous internet memorials that the severity of what had happened finally set in for me. I did not personally know anyone who was there or who died as a result of any of the attacks that day, but it's still had a profound effect on my life. I still pray that all the souls of the people who died that day will rest in peace. It is lovely that people still honor this day, and to know that even those of us who were too young to understand what happened at the time can, years later, still pay our respects to the people who lost their lives.
I wish so badly, from the bottom of my heart, that the souls of those who passed away are in peace. That the children, wives, husbands, mothers and fathers of those who passed that day are healing. I lost my father to a disease, and I know how it hurts. But he died peacefully. I can hardly imagine thinking day after day about how desperate your loved one was inside those towers.
But I also hope that one day we can forgive those who did this. It's not simple, I know, but I can only imagine how distorted their minds were.
For the fallen victims, I wish you in peace. I was really young on that day so I don't understand everything about it but now I won't forget that day that killed millions of innocent people. Wish in peace once more.
I don't care what others say, I'm NEVER going to forget what happened that day and I'm NEVER going to forgive those who perpetrated that insidious act of cowardice; may Osama and his cronies all rot in hell, and may those who were killed by them finally rest in peace.
I know I will be slapped into the nine depths of hell by the users here, but I think 9/11 is also a time for us to reconsider our OWN actions.
No, the attacks are in no way justified. No matter how much the US harmed your country, there is no excuse for killing innocent citizens. But one must realize that we MUST have done SOMETHING to spur this action, something which drove parts of the Middle East to desperate measures. We have poked the tiger in the cave, and now it has turned around to attack us.
What the Taliban has done is wrong and they retaliated by giving us a terrible tragedy, but that does not mean we are completely innocent either. We need to find ways to fix the relationship with Afghanistan, etc. and waging a war which further destroys their once thriving economy (like we did in Iraq) only creates more hatred between us.
Yes, what you said is mostly TRUE. However, USA (not everybody) didn't care and took the lives of other MILLION AND A HALF innocent people. They complain about the people who did the 9/11 attacks (who really did it), and they reduce themselves (not everyboy, again) to a worse level. It doesn't matter who started the conflict.
If they wanted revenge, they should've find the people who did that and have their revenge. Not cowardly destroy half the country were those people probably weren't at. -------------------------- I'm really sorry for all the innocent lives that were lost on both sides, both directly and indirectly. I hope that something like that doesn't ever happen again. That day really scared me, and made me feel horrible. Humanity may be wonderful at some point, but things like that really make me wish the whole mankind died that day.
Every year, I dread waking up on this day to know that so many families over the nation must feel such a sense of terrible loss. When I think of all the husbands, wives, children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, who were lost that day due to the actions of some truly evil people, I just want to curl up somewhere and die. I know that what happened that day can never be undone. I know that the people who were affected will carry their pain with them for the rest of their lives. Even those who did not lose someone, even those who were completely uninvolved, still lost a little bit of something that day. Maybe they lost their sense of safety and security, or their ability to trust others... anything, really. I can only hope that the recognition and respect everyone in the nation pays to the lost loved ones on this day helps to mitigate the loss of everyone affected.
Everyone who was lost that day will live on forever in the hearts and minds of the world. I was so grateful to see comments from faraway deviants who mourn their loss as well. We as a world will keep their memory alive.
Although I was just a small child when the towers fell, It still hurts me whenever the anniversary of this tragic day comes around. I cry for the losses of the innocent, of the families broken, husbands and wives widowed by this attack. Not just at the World Trade Center, but the Pentagon as well. I also mourn the loss of the brave people on Flight 93, who gave their lives to stop another attack. It saddens me that people say us Americans deserved this, that we had it coming. I understand that some people from other countries do not like us, but that is absurd. Just because you may not like our politics doesn't mean that those people deserved a death like that. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 stole the innocence of America, especially Its people.
You must remember that Americans were not the only people who died in the attacks. People of many races and ethnic backgrounds were killed, and they will be forever missed.
My heart goes out to all the losses on that day.
I will never forget, May peace and love be with you, and may the hearts of the survivors and the fallen's families be at ease. My deepest condolences. - -
I was only six myself when it happened. Last year in my social issues class was the first and only time I had seen the towers falling. I've never felt the need to just go look the video up because it's such an awful thing to see. Last year when I saw it the first time, the first tower falling, and the people jumping, then the second tower, I just couldn't help but cry, and I don't cry at much of anything.
I dont think we really have any idea just how our world changed on that day... individually and collectively.... It DID change lives - and the changes are STILL happening... individually and collectively.....
God bless everyone who was brutally scarred by 9/11 (emotionally/physically), and anyone who risked their lives for America. I send every one the best of prayers. U.S.A is a beautiful place and for someone to not see the beauty in such a country and to overlook what ALL countries have- flaws... That's sad. Love everyone!! <333 deviantART muro drawing
I know many people say to look at the evidence. To see beyond the veil of lies. For in this happenstance, there are lies somewhere. People say that the Taliban did it. People say the American government did it to themselves. People say many different things. I am not certain on the truth of the matter but one thing I do know. Whoever designed such a plan. Such a scheme,...they will be held accountable in this life or the next. What happened was wrong. And I mourn the loss of so many people that were caught in the crossfire of the situation.
I cry every anniversary. Not because i lost someone, But because people blame us "badly" for it.
And i can't say anything, I can't say "America did a lot of killing too". I can't say "The lives of 9/11 are worth more than other nation's fallen lives?" I can't say "An eye for an eye" Because amidst the blame, i know that ..? What do i know? I'm helpless, it will always be this way. Because it's unfair, and will always be, Because life chose America's tragedy to be the hype, But the biggest reason i can't say anything is because innocent humans died, that could have lived and done something good, made someone happy, helped someone in need or even felt happy for something. My feelings of unfairness does not change the fact it's a tragedy, It's frustrating, but i can't throw away being a human. I hope the dead are given chances, my heart goes out for their parents, their sons and daughters, their relatives and their loved ones. I'm not apologetic or sorry, but it's something else that i can't describe correctly, But it's not hate or spite, I'm telling you honestly.
I don't blame you, nor anybody who didn't have something to do with it. I mean, a lot of innocent people died in USA's "revenge" who didn't even know that happened. They only people responsible for it, were the people who actually did it. It's in no way fair to anybody.
I couldn't agree more with "war isn't really about who is right, but who is left". I'm glad my comment made you smile! Don't feel sad about it, try to not even think about it and enjoy this (in some ways) wonderful world
I remember. Though many died that day, we must remember that many more have died in these intervening years because of conspiring minds or "irreconcilable" ideological differences. The same group that led the attacks on 9/11 has also attacked people in their own home countries. So when I think of 9/11, I also think of the others who have suffered for similar reasons, regardless of geographic location.
(Excuse me my English, it's not my native language, I'm from Netherlands) You're completely, completely right. I think this day was one of the most, darkest and worst incidents of humanity and this world. The incident destroyed thousands, no MILLIONS of lives, I hate how humanity can be such monstrous destruction. I fully respect that day and don't make ANY joke of it, NEVER, unlike some others. In my school some typical cool dude found it cool to see how those towers collapsed. I think, why are you saying that? It's something that's about one of the most hellish world incidents up to now! Seriously, that something THIS awful is considered hilarious by some people. People need to stop being cold. That's exactly why I'm.... a misanthrope. One who has a serious problem with humanity. I see that humanity is going in all directions like an uncontrollable tornado of hatred and rage and contempt and coldness. I don't really hate humans.... but seriously, this is seriously horrible. I fully respect that day even though I'm not American, I'm from the Netherlands, Dutch in Europe, and I was 3 or 4 or so when that day came, but I remember how I heard the explosions on TV and my parents were completely in shock. Humanity can be such ''beasts''. I fully respect that day.