Remembering the Good, the Bad and the Horror of 9/11 – 18 Years Ago Today

“We saw the best and the worst in humanity in that moment, and we will never forget those who lost their lives.”                                      – from a Statement by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

A Brief News Commentary by  Doug Draper

Posted September 11th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Anyone who was over the age of 10 on September 11th, 2001 probably remembers where they were and who they were with when countless millions around the world turned on screens to the sight of fire and smoke billowing out of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on the lower shores of Manhattan in the City of New York.

Some 3,000 people died when those two towers cratered, and when commercial jetliners filled with passengers were used as missiles to take out them and a section of the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C. Depending on what media sources you go to, 26 or more of the victims of the terror attacks that day were Canadians.

In Canada, we all so should remember one of our prouder moments as a neighbour and friend of the United States when our country agreed to land numerous commercial jets that day at airfields in the Atlantic region of our country, and when so many Canadian families in that region welcomed stranded Americans from those flights into their homes.

It is too damn bad that the current individual occupying the Oval Office in the United States  did not remember that bright and shining moment of friendship when he decided over the past year, while sitting on the potty and having one of his childish tantrums, to slap punishing tariffs on Canadian goods and label Canada some kind of security risk.

It is also too bad, and tragic for thousands of young Americans who volunteered to serve in military and were killed and seriously wounded, and for untold hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens, that George W. Bush and the darkest side of his brain, Dick Cheney, decided to use the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to attack oil-rich Iraq.

People trapped on the upper floors of the Twin Towers following the attacks. Some would decide to jump. None would survive.

The only positive thing I can think of saying about that ever so deadly and costly blunder is that Canada’s then Liberal prime minister, Jean Chretien, showed the courage not to join Bush/Cheney’s so-called “coalition of the willing” in an Iraq invasion.

With this leap, one 9/11 victim’s final act of desperation and courage

Almost everyone I have read and heard, regardless of their politics, agrees that not joining in that war, built on a foundation of fear-mongering and lies, was absolutely the right thing to do.

It should also be remembered that the then federal Conservative Party of Stephen Harper, along with all of his partisan toadies, including the now current leader and prime minister wannabe Andrew Scheer) were all-out in favour of joining the Bush-Cheney junta in that Iraq invasion that continues to cost war effort.those who did join in to this day.

With that, here is a brief statement New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo released this September 10th, in the eve of the 18th anniversary of 9/11 –

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

“On September 11, 2001, New York suffered the deadliest terror attack this nation has ever seen. But this horrific tragedy did not tear us apart; instead our state and the entire country united and emerged from our darkest hour as one in the name of freedom and democracy.

“We saw the best and the worst in humanity in that moment, and we will never forget those who lost their lives, including the selfless heroes who ran toward danger to help others. On behalf of the New York family, we honor the memories of these men and women, and we are eternally grateful for their sacrifice.”

A Brief Afterword from Doug Draper –

Searching for victims in the massive mountain of rubble that became known as ‘ground zero’.

We should also remember the first responders, many of whom lost their lives racing in to the Twin Towers in an attempt to save people.

In the aftermath of 9/11, there were also  all of the Canadian communities like mine in Thorold who sent firefighters to help those in New York search for bodies and any sign of life in the leftover mountains of rubble, and all of the citizens who donated boots, gloves and other items that were shipped off to New York City by volunteer truckers for first responders’ use.

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