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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Day Remembered: September 11, 2001

It was a surreal morning back in 2001. We we all watched aghast at the horror of it. The "movie" played out but in the end we all had to come to terms with the reality of the horror of it all.

It was more than Amercian tragedy. Of the 3000 who died there were people representing up to 70 countries. Canada lost 24 of its citizens.Canadians who died in World Trade Center Disaster Sept 11, 2001 The World Trade Center was a monument to world wide commerce.
For this, it may have been a target.

For our American cousins it was an affront: an attack on its citizens and its understanding of itself , in New York, Washington and Pennsyvania, as the leading Nation of the World. American was the be changed for ever.

Canada and the World, stood in solidarity and sympathy with the United States. Canada responded by having the grounded air planes land at our airports where not only did government agencies respond efficiently but local Canadian families took in strangers into their homes and lives, unhesitantly. We were after all neighbours!

As the years have passed. The inadequate and wrong headed response to this terrorist tragedy has just added to the horror of it all. The World's good will for American was squandered and fear saw the Nation of Liberty transform itself for the worst. And then there, were those who used the tragedy to bring war to a country with no responsibility for the tragedy for an agenda that can best understood as a grab for control of oil. They have have earned the World's contempt. Millions of Iraqi citizens and ten of thousands of American soldiers have paid a terrible price in death and injury.

The War on Afghanistan has proved to have been a crude response to terrorism when a precious response was called for. It has little affected the threat of terrorism. And left a country to try to repair itself and regain it peace and sovereignty. It has come to be seen as a dubious military adventure.

Sadly, the truth of these word of W.H. Auden were realized " Those to whom evil is done/ Do evil in return."


At 7:22 a.m., Blogger Gretchen said...

It's something no one will ever forget. We all can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when 9/11 happened. :(

At 12:18 p.m., Blogger Peggy said...

Canada and other countries were outstanding helping America after 9/11. No matter how hard we try we cannot control the actions of some of our leaders. Today isn't a day to point out what we did or didn't do because of that day. Its a day to remember with prayer and love in our hearts for all. I don't think there is a single country in this great big world of ours that has a perfect government. Nor a country that doesn't have its own mistakes to live with and try to change. Will get off my soapbox. Just tired of hearing America did this or that all the time when its not America thats doing anything. All America can do is vote and pray we get someone with a heart and good mind as a leader to make the right decissions and do the right thing.

At 2:33 p.m., Blogger Paul said...

Yes, the US government's opportunistic use of the event to accomplish a previously decided action against Iraq and it's decisions to repay terror with terror has made many of us ashamed to be American. Could a worse response have been made?

At 8:01 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

In my opinion, all nations were affected on September 11. We lost what little faith we had in our fellow humans.
And then the U.S. squandered, absolutely, the good will many nations around the world expressed.
Sigh--what a sad day.

At 2:36 p.m., Blogger Tee said...

I have never seen that quote before but it's perfect, unfortunately.

I never saw 9/11 from Canada's point of view. Thank you for sharing it. I had no idea. What good neighbors, you are.


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