Notes: This comic strip is being posted earlier than its usual Sunday release date because with the recent terroristic acts, for the moment, little else matters.
Last On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four United States commercial jets. They crashed two into each of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York and a third into the Pentagon in Washington. The fourth crashed in a field in Pennylvania possibly as a result of heroic efforts by passengers to overcome the hijackers. At least 50 people were involved in the plot in the United States and 16 boarded the planes. The terrorist pilots, taking advantage of our open, society took flight training in the United States. Thousands of Americans are dead. Early signs point to Osama bin Laden of Afghanistan as sponsor of the terrorism, but at this writing there have been no public statements definitely attributing the acts of terror to his group. Moreover, no precise official statements have been made as to what country or countries may have been in on the plot. Yet, Afghanistan has both asked the U.S. not to attack it and reportedly said that a consequence of an attack would be more suicide missions. The Afghanistan capital of Kabul is said to be gripped in fear.
Watching the news of the attacks on television, I was struck by how culturally diverse America is and how people of all backgrounds watched together in shock and disbelief together on the streets of New York and assisted each other. That diversity of race, ethnicity and ideals is something that the rogue nations of the world do not tolerate. Instead, they seem to want to return the world to the way it was many centuries ago to a time of tribalism, intolerance and ignorance.
With celebrations of the attack in Afghanistan, Palestine and Egypt, the sponsors of the terrorism surely felt victorious. Admittedly they have temporarily interrupted our air transit system and financial markets. But, the ferocity of the near-unified anger of Americans across the country at the terrorists may not have been anticipated. Moreover, Nations around the globe as diverse as the European Union nations and Libya have sided with America. Russia has joined with the NATO nations in stating that this attack against the U.S. is an attack against all of the them.
Americans with our families, friends, jobs, sports and entertainment do not normally keep a close eye on international matters. With large oceans on two sides of America, the truth is we don't often have to address other countries in our daily lives -- until now, that is. As of September 11, 2001, we all know the name of Osama bin Laden and that he is in Afghanistan. We all feel anger. The terrorists have awakened a sleeping giant. 09.13.01