On Saturday morning – 9/11, a friend called on the telephone to say hello during a very emotional time. And instead of speaking with her: I said that we had guests over, and I’d call her back later.
Or she can call me back in an hour.
But either way, I couldn’t speak with her now.
And I said goodbye.
From her voice, I discerned she was pissed-off with being dismissed. But that’s the way it goes.
The following is a slightly edited letter I sent to her earlier this morning (September 13, 2004), explaining why I wouldn’t carry-on a conversation at the time of her call.
When you called on Saturday, Anne and I were with two guests commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the 9/11 attack. Your call coincided perfectly with the one minute of silence being observed by all the US television networks and us.
It boggles my mind, how so many people have dismissed the memory of 9/11 as if it was just another blip in current history.
Anne and I fly two flags in front of our home. Canadian and American on the same flag pole. And at the precise time of the plane hitting the first Tower, we lowered our flags, lit a candle, and stood in silence for a minute.
When you called, we were paying homage to the victims of the attack on the second Tower, while watching the memorial live on US television.
The attack on the USA on 9/11, was an attack on Humanity, Modernity, Democracy, Secularism, Christianity and Jews.
It was an attack on all of us in the name of Islam. Yet; most have either forgotten what it felt like seeing the Towers burning, people jumping, and the final collapse.
Or can’t be bothered to take a minute of their time to commemorate the horrible moment and the nearly 3,000 people who were murdered on that day.
This troubles me to no end.
I realized from your voice, that you were put-off because I wouldn’t speak to you when you called. But I am put-off by the enormous number of people who wouldn’t take the moment to remember and show their respect for those who died; simply for the crime of being just like us.
If we don’t think it’s important to remember what the Islamists did to the Free World on 9/11, be certain that they’ll remind us again.
Which politician will we blame then?
And who will stand in silence for the next victims? And what makes any of us think the next victims won’t be us, or people we love and care about?
Not remembering, is a guarantee that something like 9/11 will happen again.