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These conspiracy theories are ones I never heard before now. I am also unaware of anyone trying to revise history at the expense of African Americans. This I do know. Several of my co-workers [most of whom I had known for over 20 years] died on 9/11 in Tower II, where I used to work.

Two of those co-workers were disabled. One, William Valcarcel, a Hispanic gentleman, had contracted polio as a child, and moved by means of canes attached to his arms. His legs were not functional.

The other, Dorothy Temple, a gentle black woman, had to take special transportation to get back and forth to work after she became disabled.

Others that I knew personally were black, chinese, and white. Unless their ethnicity was an offense to someone, none of them deserved to die that day in that way. Neither did those three babies who never even had a chance to find out what life was all about, and develop their potential to become meaningful members of our society: like my friends and co-workers were.

My first knowledge of the term 'terrorist' was the incident aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship, when a wheel-chair bound gentleman named Leon Klinghoffer was killed by 'terrorists'. That was my awakening to the vilest nature of some men.

The only revisionist rhetoric I remember hearing is that we should not use the term 'terrorist' to describe these totally inhuman beings, but, rather, call them what they are: murderers of the innocent.

Cowardly murderers, at that. I don't see them out there on the battlefields defending their beliefs. Instead, they take joy and pride in striking at the hearts of humans everywhere: by committing sneaky, wanton acts of murder of the innocent.

Ah, but as long as we have judges that, in the interest of fairness, force prosecutors to reveal intimate details of the World Trade Center architecture in the trial of those who bombed Tower I in 1993 [six people, including a very pregnant woman and her unborn child, were killed in that attack], and as long as we have politicians, like Michael Chertoff, who firmly believe the terrorists present more of a threat to a cornfield in the midwest somewhere than they do to a historical monument in Washington, D.C. or New York City, then America will remain vulnerable.

My heart bleeds yet again. Thanks for the reminder that lives were lost in places other than at the World Trade Center. I sincerely hope we never forget.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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