Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — 20 Years Ago…

 Calling all Genea-Musings Followers:

It is Saturday Night time once more –
Time for some extra Family tree Enjoyable!!

Right here is your project when you select to play alongside (cue the Mission Inconceivable music):

1)  At present is September eleventh, and the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist assault on the US.  The place had been you, what had been you doing, and the way did it have an effect on you?

2)  Inform us in your individual weblog put up, in a remark to this weblog put up, or on Fb.  Make sure to go away a remark with a hyperlink to your weblog put up on this put up.

Here is mine:

I watched it occur on TV. I awakened at about 5:45 AM and turned the radio on to listen to that the primary tower was hit, jumped up and went into the household room, turned the TV on and watched in horror as the primary tower burned, the second tower was hit and burned, the Pentagon was hit, Flight 93 went down, the second tower fell, and at last the primary tower fell. My concern was that tens of 1000’s of individuals died.

I did go to work, arriving late, and doing a sluggish burn as a result of I knew who did it. My first remark to somebody was “somebody pays – it is both us or them – no mercy, we have to wipe out the terrorists.” Which will sound like I copied it from what W stated quickly after – however these had been my ideas and phrases.

No one may get any work performed. Everyone was on the Web and sharing info. We gathered in teams to speak about what occurred. A few of our youthful engineers had been Iranian or Arab, and several other got here to me questioning what would occur. They requested what they need to do now – they feared for his or her security. My counsel was that they wanted to maintain cool, not inflame anyone’s anger, collect collectively for security, and sit tight till the unique anger blows over. I stated that there can be retribution towards the terrorists, and that the individuals of this nation respect the rights of everybody to assemble, worship, and communicate. I requested them their opinion about what occurred, and so they stated they had been shocked on the audacity of the acts, and that they loved residing and dealing in America – form of the most effective of each worlds.

I got here dwelling for lunch and went again to work the following day.  I watched, with Linda, the tv the remainder of the day and for weeks to return, unhappy that so many individuals misplaced their lives, astonished on the bravery of first responders and the oldsters on Flight 93, and realizing that this occasion would change our nation and our world.

My firm had staff on journeys around the globe.  This system leaders for my mission on the time had been in Baltimore, Maryland however they did have a rental automotive.  The plane reservations had been canceled after all for a interval, however the 4 of them drove again to San Diego in three days.  I had been going to Baltimore often and was fortunate to overlook this journey.  

Since then, I’ve turn into way more cautious of suspicious individuals and actions in public areas.  My son-in-law was within the Marines Reserve from 2000 to 2010, and served one tour in Iraq dodging bullets and automotive bombs.  I apprehensive daily he was over there. 

Since then, I’ve recognized that “they wish to destroy our lifestyle, and kill or subjugate everybody who does not agree with them – and we have to stop that from taking place.” I assist each politician who has a practical angle towards this topic. I do not care if the terrorists are killed by us, by their dwelling nations, or by different terrorists – the one good terrorist is a lifeless terrorist IMHO. We stay within the twenty first century, and the terrorists need all of us to stay by their 8th century guidelines.  

The risk simply turned worse with the latest retreat from Afghanistan.  Lots of our flesh pressers, the army management, and our intelligence providers are corrupted by 9/10 considering – “they’re so poor, why do they hate us, let’s attempt to be pals, give them the good thing about the doubt, most of them are average, perhaps the moderates will take over their nations,” and so on. Hmmm, not but!  After 20 years you’d assume that we had realized the teachings of 9/11 effectively.  

My perception is that we, as a nation, haven’t performed sufficient but to guard the homeland over the past 20 years.  We have not secured the borders, secured the ports, or have safe communications, cybersecurity, transportation and infrastructure. There ought to be nuclear and bomb detection gear at each port-of-entry. I absolutely assist a tamper-proof ID card for all residents and non-citizens, together with a biometric and fingerprint database for non-citizens, and revised visa and passport legal guidelines. The individuals with out correct identification data want to return to their dwelling nations voluntarily or by deportation. I assist a time-limited probationary visa for undocumented migrants already within the nation after IDing them, a guest-worker program with closing dates, and a path to citizenship solely for individuals who undergo correct software channels.  Legal guidelines on the books ought to be enforced.  The inconvenience to law-abiding residents can be minimal.  

A number of of those concepts had been anathema to me earlier than 9/11 – I stated “stay and let stay.” We will not try this now – if we’re going to stop terrorist acts we want these instruments to stop them, and the political will to pursue them to guard our nation.  I need my grandchildren and their descendants to stay in a free America with liberty and justice for all.  I’ll NEVER FORGET at the present time and this occasion.  


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