13 Sep 2001
(updated 14 Sep 2001 at 05:51 UTC) »
Man. I just noticed a horrible typo in my diary entry. So I
am editing this. I typed "I believe it is far more important
to not do whatever you can to help the people in New York
and Washington D.C." There should be no "not" in that
sentence. I'll blame this on just poor typing and not
checking it over before posting. Sorry to anyone this might
have angered (no one has said anything -- I just noticed).
This is extremely delayed because I've actually been sort of
busy watching TV. That's very unusual for me but given the
events that have happened yesterday I think it's warranted.
This drivel that Americans love war is such total bullshit.
The drivel about guns being on planes, shit like that, this
isn't the time. I believe it is far more important to not do
whatever you can to help the people in New York and
Washington D.C. I believe that praying, if it makes you
happy, is fine. Don't expect me to think any higher of you
because you're performing such acts.
I am very unsure about what I am going to do. I would very
much so enlist if the need arises. I have already attempted
to join the Army and the Marines when I turned eighteen
(will be a year in october). However I was rejected due to
asthma. I am horribly overweight which concerned the Army
but the Marines showed me that they were willing to try and
get me into shape for it but when they asked about physical
conditions they told me it wasn't possible. =( As much as I
dislike war and I dislike military actions they are a
necessary evil of the times and have been for quite a very
Events have transpired that I'd hoped for a long time never
would but they have and they must be dealt with. There is no
intelligent answer anyone has come up with as an alternative
to retaliation. So if you think retaliation is unnecessary
I'd suggest you come up with a damn good solution real
fucking fast. Otherwise you need to shut the fuck up and do
your part to help in any way possible. Joseph Mallett has
written an article and mentioned some things you can do if I
recall correctly. If I'm wrong then you needn't look much
further than a news site such as CNN.com to find something.
Otherwise I am for the most part speechless in reference to
the whole thing. I think it is nuts that people go to these
extremes in any part of the world, not just America. Now
that it has finally hit home a little harder than ever
before I think people will finally wake up to the reality
that we are not as safe as we sometimes, very arrogantly at
times, believed we were. There are huge oceans separating
the lands of the people at war with each other at times but
that does not guarantee any amount of protection when people
are absolutely determined to get the job done.
I must say that watching this all happen on TV is certainly
something I will never forget and I cannot imagine too many
people that have seen it in person or otherwise will not
forget this for the rest of their lives. Seeing the people
jumping out of the building was awful, seeing the buildings
collapse was a spectacular, in a very bad way, thing to see.
It was completely numbing to watch those buildings fall. I
think it is, as an aside, a great testimony to the strength
of some of these more modern buildings that it lasted as
long as did but the result is still the same no matter how
long they lasted.
An to hopefully end this now I must say that being prejudice
is the worst thing anyone can do right now. Maintain
composure and try to go about your daily life as you did
before, though I know that is very difficult to do right
now. If you see someone committing hate crimes against a
group of people or one person of a certain nationality,
report it to the police immediately.
I just want to say that this is undoubtedly the worst couple
days of my life. Seeing the nation I used to value so much
when I was younger get attacked is a very sad thing indeed
no matter how much I disagree with the politics. Seeing
-any- nation get attacked in such manners is saddening. It
is such a shame that we cannot act civilized towards fellow
human beings. I can only hope the entire world gets a very
serious wake up call from this event so that at least
something good may come out of it.