|I remember during the 1990s reading New York magazine reviews Windows on the World, the restaurant complex at the top of the North Tower and thinking, 'someday I'll go to Windows on the World, the smaller restaurant called Wild Blue, and the bar called The Greatest Bar on Earth, and look out on seven states from that lofty perch.' I never made it.|
There will be many tv specials about 9/11/2001 but these on the History Channel may be the best:
"9/11: Four Flights"
Saturday Sept. 11th at 8 PM
Witness the stories behind all four hijacked airplanes. As told by air traffic controllers, fighter pilots, crew, the loved ones of the victims, and actual audio recordings from the flights themselves – experience all the harrowing and heroic moments from the doomed airliners of 9/11.
"9/11: I Was There"
Saturday Sept. 11th at 10 PM
This documentary puts you in the shoes of those who were on the ground as the attacks on New York City unfolded. Featuring rare, in-the-moment footage captured by ordinary people who chose to pick up their video cameras that day, this riveting documentary captures an unfiltered look at one of America’s darkest hours.
Following the terrorists attack on 9/11/2001, animosity toward all Muslims--especially any whose pigmentation wasn't the same as Anglo-Americans, grew.
Although his administration got us into two wars--one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq--President George W. Bush cautioned against blaming all Muslims for the actions of the terrorists: "Our Muslim citizens are making many contributions in business, science and law, medicine and education, and in other fields. Muslim members of our Armed Forces and of my administration are serving their fellow Americans with distinction, upholding our nation's ideals of liberty and justice in a world at peace...ours is not a campaign against the Muslim faith. Ours is a campaign against evil."
Some have called the men who hijacked the planes 'cowards.' To those who believe as they did, they were heroes. In truth, they were neither. They gave their own lives for a cause--however misguided and wrong--and they caused the deaths of many citizens of not only the US but other countries with whom they had no fight.
While you may read many commentaries this day from people whose hearts are filled with hatred for others because of their religion or their ethnic origin, I urge you to refrain from such simplistic stupidity.
America's strength is that we aspire to uphold the rights of all to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' We are a great nation not because we are a master race but because we uphold principles far greater than ourselves.
The cost of those principles--of our commitment to religious freedom and our insistence that we will not slip into the same kind of foolishness as have many other countries in history--is at times trying. We must--based on our guiding principles--avoid allowing the actions of crazed zealots--Muslim or others--to cause us to hate anyone who is different.
If we live in fear, it was said after 9-11, the terrorits have won. If we live in hatred for all because of the actions of those few, the same is true.
We must exercise eternal vigilence, but we must not allow those who would to destroy our principles. That is the true lesson of September 11, 2001 and the events that followed.