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today's terrorism attempt from London airport

After reading the news about the thwarted attack, terrible tragic memories of 9/11 came to mind. I didn't know anybody personally that was affected by the attacks, but of course I knew people whose families were affected.

I'm so glad that this attempt was foiled because this was supposedly going to be bigger than the attacks from five years ago.

I'll try to keep this posting brief and refrain from talking about the somber feeling I'm sure we've all shared from 9/11. Ironically, I was planning on watching the movie
"World Trade Center" this weekend. Now, I definitely will.

When I travelled to New York three years ago, my girlfriend visited Ground Zero and paid homage to those who were victimized. As a fellow American and fellow human being, I recommend you to visit the former site of the Twin Towers someday. There are many mixed feelings when you approach the site... from sadness to awe to hope. At first, I had a hard time believing the media hype of "the 9/11 attack made us Americans stronger." But after visiting Ground Zero and seeing the physical and mental reconstruction, I'm now a believer.

I'm sure we all remember the initial shock from 9/11. We were all on our way to our classrooms getting ready to teach another day. My principal told my staff to go about our normal business without mentioning any of the attack to our students (of course, many of them were already informed). Did you guys make any special accomodations to your teaching on that day?

For those of you travelling (Molatte, especially) in the near future, please be careful.


- Ken
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Our administration squandered a moment in History -the president could have asked for anything and the nation would have risen to the challenge as we did after Pearl Harbor - Like Japanese Emperor Hirhito said after the attack "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant." He could have asked for massive research and development of security and detection technology or alternative fuel technolgy to end our oil addiciton to the Saudi's (remember that they are our friend while most of the hijackers were from that country) and other Middle East countries. Like FDR did with GM,and other industrial giants in building tanks for the war... Instead we were told to go about our business and "be vigilant." Then we invaded Iraq on false pretenses or worse actually beleived these pretenses instead of lying aobut them.
Instead this divisive patriotic thing has taken over - yer a supporter of your troops = good person vs you question the logic of invading Iraq or question the inept execution of that invasion = bad person. Or worse yet understand that 9/11 and Iraq had no connection - they were opposed to each other in a secular vs radical Islam disagreement.

Yesterday two leaders of the 9/11 commission released a report explaining how we are just as vulnerable to the chaos of September 11, 2001 as we were on Sept 10th. These terrorists have a much longer view of time than we do. How many remember that these people tried the same thing in 1993? They will do it again - until we are able to see how the mistakes we made in navigating the Cold War have lead to many people in third world nations who are angry at us for those mistakes, have no army to fight with but are willing to die in these sort of attacks. While in no way is this an endorsement of terrorist activity it's important to know our history in the Middle East to understand why these people hate us - it's more than "...they hate our freedom."

sorry - I ranted - this is why I like the blog - in a normal conversation I wouldn't have time to reflect on my point as much as I do sitting here considering my words. I'd be reacting to your thoughts.


I agree with you, Tom.

I visited Ground Zero two summers ago and so many emotions tore through me, it's difficult to explain.

ON September 11th, after the attacks, I spent the whole day talking to my students about it, answering their questions to the best of my knowledge and I didn't even teach Social Studies. We were outside for PE and for months, I could see the fear in my students's eyes everytime an airplane flew overhead. I think we do a disservice to our students when we don't discuss current events. Of course you have to take their age into account (mine are middle schoolers), but we are teachers and that's what we do. What better opportunity than to teach to the moment?

In my opinion, I don't think it is okay for Hollywood to make a movie of these attacks. No matter what they do, how hard they try, it will not be an accurate reflection of what happened and peoples' stories will be misconstrued. I won't watch the movie.

-Harj
I can't imagine what it must have been like at ground zero since Sept 11th, but I do want to go one day.

I am too appauled that Hollywood is benefitting from this movie - I would like to think all proceeds are going to the WTC families of the victims, but my gut tells me that there is nothing more here than Hollywood's attempt at making a dime in a market that has been on the decline since comcast and on demand and tivo came on the market.
I agree - teaching the moment is essential - and movis are lame and inaccurate - on the other had without them we get lullled into complacency and forget about the every day possibility of an attack - we need to think about this stuff and why it's happening - We need to be asking essential questions - How can we have a war on an concept of terrorism? Will the next attack have nothing to do with airports? what do we do then?
I couldn't believe it! What's worse, Barry Bonds quest to beat Mark McGuire's single season home run record got put on hold for an entire week!

How were we to know that the tragedy only began after the attack was over! But I'll dispense with that in the meantime. Let's just say that there will NEVER be an accounting for the kinds of activities and policies that SOME, not all, of the tenants of the World Trade Center towers were involved in overseas.

As I was the beneficiary of a big screen TV in my classroom at the time, I put it on CNN and we watched and discussed and forgot about math for a day. I don't recall any official instruction or policy coming out of the administration on the subject that day. I was very interested to see the students, Freshmen, being excited about getting back at whoever did this. Only a very few students had relations who could possibly be in harm's way in NYC that day. Every time I found one, they said that they had heard from them and they were okay.

The tragedy of the day was the thousands of innocent people caught up in the crime. Unlike those who believe we should just do whatever Karl Rove thinks we should because of it, I prefer to think we had better stop the kinds of activities and policies that prompt maniacs to attempt things like this in the first place. No, it isn't giving in to the terrorists. It's refusing to be one! I have no personal stake in, and I do not feel it is a matter of patriotic pride that we can lay waste to other countries and their populations so we can remove their natural resources for the benefit of huge multinational monopolistic corporations.

No, I don't like it and I wish it had never happened. Now that it has, instead of clinging to failed policies that enrich a few, I'd rather see us resolve to fix the problems at the root of the tragedy, not wave a multicolored piece of cloth around and sing "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch at every baseball game!
siliconjim
You can still see the Empire State Building from the street outside my parents' house. The first time I landed in Newark airport after the 9/11 attacks, I cried. I always used to find the twin towers, and then trace a line with my eyes to the Statue of Liberty.

A volunteer fireman from my hometown, who worked at the World Trade Center, died that day. So did a graduate of my high school, who worked at the Pentagon. So did my nieces' soccer coach. He lived in New Jersey and worked in New York. My sister's next door neighbor only missed being in the towers because she was late for a meeting that was being held there. She was in a taxi when the planes hit the towers.

Yes, there are all kinds of political and international issues still unsolved. Yes, we could be doing things differently. But what still sticks with me are all those broken families who now don't have their loved ones. My sister was in a courthouse in Paterson, NJ, when the planes hit. They were evacuated. My brother, also a volunteer fireman, was on call to report to cities along the river, like Hoboken and Jersey City, whose firemen all went into Manhattan to help out. Several days of waiting, not always being able to get through on the phone to find out where my brother was, and anguishing over some of these people who I knew (or was familiar with), and I have never shaken how it all felt at the time. There is a real fear that moves in to stay when your parents live eight miles from Ground Zero.