Such a day
The photographs and news reminds of other events in my
life and the memories seem to flow by with no stop. I
remember the fall of Saigon in 1975 while I was stationed in
Japan. The sight of the last helicopter lifting the last
person was one I thought would never leave me. The
Oaklahoma city bombings way after my tour of duty was over
in the military left me feeling rather vulnerable. Now
this. I was back in NY and went on a boat tour with a bunch
of Linuxcare people in February; all 'round Manhattan. The
weather was so crisp and cold. I dug the photos out I
took. There it was; the twin tours of the WTC standing
there. Not to stand any longer though. Surely, our
beliefs, our philosophies, our goals and thoughts change
too. Should we strike back? Should anyone be allowed to do
this in the name of their belief system to us?
I just ask because I am asking the same questions today
all through the day. My son asked me, "why would someone
hurt us like this?" I looked at him and remembered the
carnage that has been inflicted over the years and it seems
a lot of it has been based on religion. What does one say
to a 10-year old watching his very first catastrophe? There
is no paradigm, no belief system to offer. Something went
down today which we all will think about, wonder about, and
Even our 10 year olds.
Nothing more to report, I am sorry to say. As Paul
Harvey was fond to remark, "now you know the rest of the
story". I remember hearing the words that President
Roosevelt uttered..." a day which shall live in infamy".
This is surely one of those days. Now with the miracle of
modern TV, we can see it instantly and our children can see
what a wonderful, but dangerous world they shall inherit.