Six years back, I was still in my undergrad school pursuing my program in Engineering. That fateful day, I along with few of my friends was sitting in a restaurant and this news flashed before the big TV screen. In the single worst act of terrorism committed on the U.S. soil, nearly 3,000 people died when nineteen hijackers in two hijacked jetliners crashed into New York's World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to tumble like a pack of cards. Then moments later a commandeered jetliner smashed into the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense and then another, the fourth one crashing in western Pennsylvania.
The day is marked as Patriot Day, since then.
What happened in a few hours on that fateful day would leave an inerasable scar in the lives of many people. A 'silence' had penetrated the entire arena, after the building diddered like a disassembled barrel, the walls crumbling and collapsing and pieces of metal strewn because of heat and high temperature.
Since that black day, things have changed but those who lost their near and dear ones can never come to terms with the shocking and horrifying tragedy. Think for a while, 3,000 isn't just a number of the people who lost their lives. After all, these people are all human beings, whatever be the color of their skin, whatever be their race, whatever be their nationality, and as is expected when something incalculable punctuates their lives, we fall short of tears. We grow numb and petrified. But we do cry, pray and comfort each other with those infinite strains, pricking us like acupuncture needles.
Time has fleeted by, but the memories and rememberings do not fade. They keep fluttering in the mind. But just wish that life gets back to normal and peace prevails. This second part of the statement is what each one would desire for but given the circumstances that we are currently in, the picture of striking it, seems like a mirage.
But there is always hope just that something needs to be done, regarding a person named Bush. Methinks so. His approach was atavistic and unthinking, and it was based on a distorted, ignorant, intolerant and bigoted view of the Muslim world. There were some gross errors and in the long run it has created a devilish cocktail. The grand explanation of "spreading democracy in the Middle East" and "presence of WMD", cracked and alligatored, providing a palatable cover for vengeance and retribution. It's like not taking vengeance on the person who attacked the nation but on somebody standing on the corner. Purely an example of someone who chose instinct over reason and vigilantism over justice.
In my view, unable to handle the machinery of one of the most developed nations of the world, the United States, Bush has crusaded and chicaned the fellow Americans and the citizens of other nations, through one of the most bizarre needless wars in history.
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[Note: The pic that you see in the post is by my cousin who stays with his family and works @ NYC.]