At 18:58.06, I saw a sight I had not seen in over two days. First I heard the noise – a dull low roar. I saw a plane in the sky. I never thought I would ever be so happy, so relieved, so proud to see the white contrails of a plane draw across the clean pink sky.
The plane I heard had left from Dulles and it flew south away from our house. From our front door, I saw two contrails high in the sky.
So where to now? what is the course that our country will take in this reality?
Cowering in fear, shutting our doors, and holding the covers over our eyes in bed is an option but does not seem likely. The clamor for blood is too high.
Will we declare all-out war and wage a campaign against all terrorist groups? Will we mobilize a force the likes of which have never been see before? Will we be comfortable with the deaths of civilians in the quest to have our revenge? What terrifies me the most is that there is a line of events that could flow from this course that terminates in a nuclear exchange. How long has it been since I have worried about the end of the world – and suddenly, the germ of fear is back.
More than likely this country will drive the middle course. It will not be an all-out war, but there will be a hunt for those responsible. Once that occurs and justice is done, the resolve will fade both here and abroad as life, politics, and diplomacy rebound to their normal patterns.
What do I believe? Hunt all those responsible down and treat them like criminals and put them on trial. Declaring war, killing innocents, causing damage only places us on their level and they win.
America is and should be different.
Because there’s this…
Flags have sprouted up on buildings on homes,
Blood donations centers have long lines,
Volunteer organizations are reporting long lines and massive contributions,
Stories are pouring forth of the help and aid given not only by fire fighters and police, but by the average citizen.
Remember that next time you hear of the materialistic, selfish nature of Americans.
I was wrong about the threat of nuclear war.
The jury is still out about the resolve fading since the death of the mastermind behind the attacks only happened in May.
We’ll never know what the outcome would have been if the government took the tack of treating the attacks as a criminal act rather than a military act.
But I’m not wrong about the giving nature of Americans.