Saturday, September 11, 2011— (On September 20, the full moon, “Harvest”, will rise nearest to earth.)
Twenty years ago today, people throughout the world, horrified, numb, unable to process information, saw on television, and in real-time, passenger jets destroying New York’s Twin Towers. The world’s attention followed Flight 93’s diversion from D.C. to Pennsylvania fields, to more total destruction.
As a little kid watching Movietone News, and later periodically on television screens, I’ve seen the aftermath of an event, equally-awful and equally-surprising, of planned mass destruction with civilians as innocent victims.
From the early days of atomic development, we’ve seen videos showing enormous plumes of deadly black smoke arising after American planes dropped the most powerful bombs ever created on Japanese cities.
The world never has nor ever will recover completely from such vicious attacks, they’re so-beyond-violent, against mass humanity.
Before the advent of modern communications, the whole world didn’t witness horrific events, but learned about them from group or individual memories. Learned from news stories, books, and history lessons. These days, we learn differently.
In December, 2001, the Pentagon released a video of Osama bin Laden discussing with his colleagues the terrorist attacks on America.
In May, 2011, the world applauded news, that the U.S. military and CIA operatives, upon raiding a compound in Pakistan, had located and killed Osama bin Laden.
Now, and again in real time, the world is witnessing an aftermath of war. The world is fearing a potential for mass destruction of innocent civilians on Pakistan’s streets.
Dear Friends: Humanity is vulnerable to such powers as leadership, ideology, technology. Diana