A Much Needed Reminder
By: Patti Bankson
If you were looking for something worthwhile to watch on the five-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, â€œThe Path to 9/11â€ wasnâ€™t it. I tried watching it, but gave up. Frankly, if former President Clinton â€“ whose strong suit was not honesty â€“ hadnâ€™t asked ABC â€œto tell the truthâ€ in the miniseries, I probably wouldnâ€™t have bothered at all.
On the other hand, the news coverage commemorating the event was more than just something worthwhile to watch. It was a jaw-dropping reminder â€“ a much needed one, I might add â€“ that there are completely crazy, hate-filled people out there who will kill another human being without giving it a second thought. It was also a reminder that there are selfless, heroic, compassion-filled people out there who will help another human being without giving it a second thought – firefighters, police, emergency workers, military… and of course, every-day citizens, just like you and I. Someoneâ€™s husband, wife, fiancÃ©, father, mother, sister, brother, friend. Some survived the attack. Some didnâ€™t. Whether they survived or not, none asked for – nor deserved – what happened to them. And whether they survived or not, what they do deserve is to be remembered respectfully.
I bring that up because there are some who espouse the theory that the whole thing was part of a conspiracy. When I first heard that, I thought it was so ridiculous that I laughed. I had no idea who could possibly have come up with such an idea, but I thought only a few on the fringe would believe it. I guess I should have known better.
45% of Americans blame the Bush administration for the attacks, and 41% blame the Clinton administration, but Iâ€™m not talking about people who just hold them responsible because of their policies. Iâ€™m talking about people who believe that the buildings didnâ€™t come down just because terrorists flew planes into them. Iâ€™m talking about people who believe the buildings were imploded… you know, explosives were used to destroy the buildings’ internal support structure. It has been suggested that â€œthe aircraft were robot planes; the passengers were mainly military contractors; the aircraft were only 10 â€“ 25% full, while all other planes that day were booked out.â€ The mainstream of the academic world has yet to be convinced and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has devoted a number of staff members to the analysis of the World Trade Center collapse. The jet crashes and fires have been documented and reviewed within the scientific community. But, why would we believe them when an â€œexpertâ€ like actor Charlie Sheen has suggested that the federal government was covering up what â€œreallyâ€ happened… â€œ19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners and hitting 75% of their targets feels like a conspiracy theory. It raises a lot of questions,â€ he said. He expressed disbelief over how American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, and said the collapse of the Twin Towers looked like a â€œcontrolled demolition.â€
Like I said, whether they survived the attacks or not, none of those involved in 9/11 asked for – nor deserved – what happened to them… and what they do deserve is to be remembered respectfully. Not as part of some crazy conspiracy, but as victims and heroes of an enemyâ€™s attack.
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