Muslims in the Attic

March 11, 2009

Mood: I hate them all

Filed under: Uncategorized — alfie @ 1:02 am

I remember the bomb much better than 9/11, because I was like twelve. I had my own phone and I could watch the news like everyone else. I remember how they kept showing the big black cloud boiling up, turning itself inside out with senseless, unthinking rage. They showed that cloud over and over again and it killed us each time.

They couldn't get pictures of the ground because no one would fly that close. But satellites showed where the cloud was moving and who should stay indoors and who should run away.

And there was this one picture I remember most: this little girl stood at the end of a highway tunnel, the one in Brooklyn I think. She was black, or maybe half-black, maybe even Persian, but only a little darker than me. It was hard to tell with all the soot. The whole tunnel was practically destroyed.

I remember thinking how lucky she was.

The speedboat targeted the Brooklyn Bridge, they said. Everything in a quarter-mile circle was gone, bridges, buildings, just gone. But the water shielded her, I guess. Most people in the tunnel drowned or burned or got smoked to death. Someone must have carried her out, from right under ground zero.

She stood there at the entrance, alone, shadowed against a smoldering gray skyline, too scared to move, too scared to cry.

Pedar said the terrorists waited for a day when the wind blew north into Manhattan. He said they wanted to get everyone.

I hate terrorists. I hate them all.

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5 Comments

  1. According to Bloomberg, they were heading towards the Javitz center to hit the Democratic Convention, when they got corralled by Coast Guard. They made a run for the bridge instead. I guess they did more actual damage by taking out Wall St… Just saying.

    Comment by Max — April 12, 2009 @ 3:18 am

  2. Max, who cares what they wanted to do? All they did was hurt people.

    Comment by alfie — April 12, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

  3. I saw that image too. I can't find it on Reuters anymore. But here's another one from near Ground Zero taken once the smoke cleared. My cousin used to live on the lower east side.

    Comment by steve — April 12, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

  4. Can't I post images? I used the IMG tag. What did I do wrong?

    Comment by steve — April 12, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

  5. WordPress (my free blog host) doesn't allow images in comments. Sorry.

    Comment by alfie — April 12, 2009 @ 11:45 pm


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