Skip to comments.After The (CBS) Documentary
Posted on 03/11/2002 5:53:56 AM PST by veronica
I feel drained now, just with the images of it.
The playful innocence of that morning; the boyish enthusiasm of the probie fire-fighter; the sudden noise of a plane too low; the confusion of the first hit; the denial; the helplessness in the lobby of Tower 1;
Father Judge muttering his last prayers, as he paced the floor; the dread in the eyes of so many fire-fighters, about to enter the inferno; the foul, heart-stopping sound of bodies plunging to the ground; the dazed group of workers emerging from a suddenly-released elevator; the unforgettable footage under a car
as dust human dust swirled through the air, turning it black, and then darting around like specs of plankton under water; the crowds of bewildered, terrified people running and walking and screaming and pointing on the streets; a strong man and experienced fire-fighter vomiting into the Fire House trash-can upon his return; the ashen quiet of white-powdered streets in the aftermath; the bemused, almost deranged, calm of an old, heavy businessman slowly walking away from Tower 1, not thinking even to wipe his dust-covered glasses;
the strained and numbed relief of those finding their brothers are alive; the bleakness of those who werent so lucky. I would say Im glad to be reminded, as one fire fighter put it, of how evil evil can be.
But there is no gladness. It is simply a good thing that we remember that we are still at war; that the enemy launched it with a callousness that should banish any doubts about the morality of our cause; and that, when resolve falters, we remember the people and civilization were fighting for and the thousands of victims who have already paid the price.
In an odd way, having seen it all again, I feel less afraid of what lies ahead, and more eager to get on with it.
The simple virtue of those rescuers remind us of what human beings are capable of, and the invincible character of the civilization they are a part of, however ruthless the evil arrayed against it.
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I have to admit .. that is how I felt after watching this ..
Have we EVER done anything to ANYBODY that rivals the brutality of that act?
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were more horrific than this...but that was the culmination of a long war for the future of earth. This is coing from some half-assed desert land inhabited by brutal animals. WHat did we do to match this?
How in the hell can ANYONE think that we must sit around and drink chamomille tea with two hands opinionizing about the US's evil deeds worldwide after that? How?
I thought it odd that we could hear the word "fuck" and "fucking" broadcast on network television last night, but we couldn't even see a single victim during the entire film.
Hearing the jumpers land and watching the firemen jump everytime a jumper landed was more powerful than actually seeing the corpses.
This was wonderful. You can see it all in the eyes of the firemen. I was worried about the "Probie".
The most stunning moment was the elderly office worker just standing there in shock. His expression said it all... "it's the end of the world."
I am changed. I want to do more than just watch and send money. If I was young enough, I would enlist. I may check out the Americorps.
Overall 5 stars.
I understand your point but with the crashing sounds that was heard as the bodies fell .. I don't think pictures were needed ...
I think we all knew what was going on and if some didn't .. then they are pretty dang stupid and don't get it ..
I recently experienced an identical emotion when I saw my now-deceased father in a family video, calmly doing his thing.
The emotion is hard to pin down. It's a mixture of longing and homesickness, combined with that feeling of love that you get when you catch of glimpse of someone you love dearly in a crowd or at a distance.
I couldn't take my eyes off The Towers whenever they came into view, and I decided that the best memorial NYC could build would be to erect huge skeletal towers where the WTC structures once stood. The surrounding ground would be pristine and natural grass out of respect for those who died and the buildings would be only girders so the blue sky of Heaven would be visible all around. The monument would be as tall as the original twin towers, filling the void in the NYC skyline and showing the world that we can recover and we will remember.
Same here .. actually I had mixed feeling about this show but I am glad I watched it and that CBS aired it ..
And whenever I hear the likes of Dasshole .. Gephardt .. Kerry and the other Rats question why we are in the war ..
This should be replayed over and over and over till these idiots finally get it ..
This can NEVER happen again!!!
Did you see the look on Father Judge's face .. he knew
And the looks on the Firefighter's faces as the sound of the building was coming down .. They knew also
God Bless All those men
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