Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11: A Tuesday We Will Always Remember

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a Tuesday not much different than this one, 19 terrorists hijacked four U.S. airliners to crash them into civilian targets. Three hit their marks, but average American citizens rose up and took down the fourth - winning a victory that eluded both the government and the military on that Tuesday. That's the American spirit...strong, proud and resourceful.

Nearly 3,000 people were murdered that day.

Those assholes cheered the attacks are also marking the anniversary. A videotape of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden - one which has not been previously released, featuring both bin Laden and one of the Sept. 11 hijackers - has apparently turned up. A still photo from the video shows hijacker Walid al Shehri, wearing a white turban, superimposed over an image of the World Trade Center in flames.

In New York, the anniversary ceremonies will be a few feet away from Ground Zero. This year, for the first time, firefighters who helped rescue New Yorkers on Sept. 11, 2001 - and later, recovered the dead - will be reading victims' names at an anniversary ceremony. Many of the first responders have become sick, or died themselves, of respiratory problems and cancers they blame on exposure to World Trade Center dust. For the first time this year, a victim who did not die at the trade center will be recognized - the city added the name of an attorney who died of lung disease five months later to its official victims' list this year.

It has been six years since the cowardly attacks by the biggest group of pricks we have ever known, and time has done little to heal the gaping wounds. We not only remember those who lost their lives, but every day we live the legacy of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the thwarted attack on Flight 93.

Osama bin Laden - we will get you. You and your loser followers are spineless bastards. We have endured anthrax scares, other terror plots, and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For Americans, New Yorkers in particular, the 9/11 anniversary will resonate forever. We remember those who unwillingly sacrificed their lives on 9/11, and salute those who tried to save the victims of the deadly acts of terrorism.

To those innocent people who lost their lives and the heroes who worked faithfully in the rescue and recovery attempts, I have only one thing to say and I think many Americans like me feel the same...You will never be forgotten.