It was very surreal, watching the coverage of the World Trade Center
collapse. Watching the 767 fly into WTC
2 over and over again, thinking back to January of
1986. Or even back to August of 1992, as I sat in the closet watching
Hurricane Andrew on the TV
as it was
thundering its way through our very town.
It didn't seem real. It's too big. The World Trade Center. Gone.
Thousands of people, dead. The Pentagon on fire. Four hijackings, at three
airports, all within an hour.
Greg was hit very hard by the news.
“This is America,” he said. “This isn't supposed to happen here.” He's
never seen the WTC in person, nor did he know anyone there, but his reaction
was deeply personal. Spring was also hit hard—knowing
several people living in New York City, having visited the World Trade
Center, and as a former US Army soldier serving in Desert Storm.
I wasn't affected quite as bad. Oh yes, it's horrible what happened, but it
wasn't the first time we've had terrorist attacks on our shores. The World
Trade Center Bombing in 1993. The Oakland City Bombing in 1994. And (and
as far as I've been able to tell, the only one who remembers this) the
attempt to bomb the Washington Memorial in 1982. There is nothing you can
do to stop a dedicated person (or people). You can raise the bar, but there
may be someone who is willing to go higher.
John F. Kennedy once said that there was nothing he, nor the USSS could do if someone
really wanted the President dead. I've heard that he said that days before
(if not the day before) he was assinated. And obviously, there were about
18 men who wanted to show the US what terrorism is really like.
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