9/11 From Someone who wasn't there

kaylarStarred Page By kaylar, 9th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The view of someone who was not in New York on the 11th of September.

Over the radio

I was listening to the radio as I did every day before going to work. I didn’t have a TV.

I listened to RJR (Radio Jamaica) which switched to the BBC at 8:30. This morning, September 11th, in the midst of the broadcast, came the crashing of a plane into the World Trade Centre.

RJR did not switch back to local programming, but kept with the BBC so I was hearing what was happening until about 10:00 when I went to work to try to connect to some news source on the Computer.

I couldn’t get to the top news sites, and the images I got seemed unreal.

I tried to call people in New York City, for like most Jamaicans I have family; even ex-in-law family there. The lines were clogged. I couldn’t get through.

I never saw


I never saw the images that Americans did. It was all stills, and bits of information. Everyone was confused, no one knew what was supposed to happen, and I closed the office to go back home to the solitude of a house on the beach.

The next day I went to the American Embassy to sign the condolence book and ran into the Leader of the Opposition who had been Prime Minister until 1989. I didn’t know what I was to write, am not sure what I did, then went to my office and tried calling again.

Contact


I finally got through to an ex-sister-in-law.

Sixty members of the family worked in or near the World Trade Centre. Not one of them was there at the time. Even one who had never been absent or late had not been there.

Jamaicans tend to go on ‘vibes’ and I suppose all sixty had some sense of disorder and did not go to work.

My Best friend’s son worked at St. Vincent Hospital and was there when the first casualties arrived. One of them was a man he used to play football with who was crushed by a piece of falling building.

The Terrorists

When the 19 terrorists had their photos published my secretary and I went over each one. I had gotten work permits for many men who were born in that part of the world. I’d stopped in July for some sense that there were too many.

Fortunately, none of these terrorists had passed through Jamaica. A friend of mine had a nervous breakdown, for she lived in Florida and had sold the ticket to Ata.

My friend Abdul, who came from Jordan had received a text in Arabic. There were ASCI drawings of two buildings and a plane, the words said; “They did not Miss.”

Apparently this text was going cell phone to cell phone all over the Middle East.
It confirmed something I had always felt, that most people in the Muslim world were still fighting the Crusades.

I thought Bush would drop a few Nuclear bombs on Afghanistan, because having dealt with those from the Middle East I’ve learned that when they go apeshit what works is to go more apeshit.

But Bush didn’t do that.

I Never Saw

I never saw the World Trade Centre. I had left America before the buildings had completed. I have never been to New York City since the 70s.

I don’t know anyone who died on 9/11.

But there’s something about it, about the devastation, about the aftermath which effects everyone on the planet. Something so wrong about it that there aren’t sides or explanations.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Sep 2011 (#)

I saw it on TV, my mom was watching it she didnt realize it was real.
Right now its all over the tv again.
There are many who believe it was Bush himself who planned this attack, many conspiracy theories support this, including why so few people were in the towers than normally would be there.

I dont want to get into everything here, but if you are into conspiracy theories the ones about 9/11 are excellent.

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author avatar kaylar
10th Sep 2011 (#)

It was overwhelming for we didn't know what happened, we couldn't grasp what happened, it seemed unreal. Esp, in Jamaica where it is really hard to get a VISA.

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author avatar Buzz
10th Sep 2011 (#)

Americans have been bedevilled by a sequel on each anniversary ever since. Nice read, kaylar. Thank you.

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author avatar kaylar
10th Sep 2011 (#)

thank you buzz...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Sep 2011 (#)

Today we all remember and will never forget...

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author avatar kaylar
11th Sep 2011 (#)

No matter where you are in the world, it matters.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Sep 2011 (#)

I saw the breaking news on CNN, and was appalled to see the twin towers collapsing.

And such a ghastly incident can never be forgotten.

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author avatar kaylar
13th Sep 2011 (#)

it was a very moving mmorial on Sunday

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author avatar Humza
14th Sep 2011 (#)

Good write kaylar, I have heard of a theory about the jews involved in the attack that is why majority of them werent present there!

anyways I dont know how true it is but it was awful and horrible!

thnx for the share :)

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author avatar kaylar
14th Sep 2011 (#)

that is as stupid a theory as to why so few Jamaicans were there.

I was shocked when my ex-sister in law told me that no member of the very extended family was there.

Whether their job was bathroom cleaner of 65th floor, or secretary on 19th floor, or whatever, they just had a feeling. A vibe.

I think the CIA/FBI/Other Agencies did have some early information cause I can't see them totally in the dark, but unlike the recent threat; people didn't take them seriously.

It took a Katrina to get Bloomberg to have parts of NYC evacuated.

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author avatar Funom Makama
9th Oct 2011 (#)

Its such a painful experience, nevertheless,its a Great article. Reading a piece like this makes me feel lucky to be part of this community. Keep up with the good work.

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author avatar kaylar
10th Oct 2011 (#)

thank you

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Oct 2011 (#)

I remember this well and the photos brought back the horror of that day. I don't think that there was a soul not touched by this, Kaylar..Congrats on Star status...

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author avatar kaylar
14th Oct 2011 (#)

thank you so much songbird..

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