Do you remember what you were doing when you first heard an airplane had crashed on one of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City?
I remember very clearly. I had woken up that day from a very disturbing nightmare of a plane crashing into a tall building. When I got in my car to go to work, I turned on the radio to listen to Rick Dees in the morning. That's when I first heard the devastating news. I had to pull over. I was in such a state of shock I almost crashed into a light pole.
I got to the office just in time to see the second plane hit the other tower on the conference room TV set. I cried for months. I did not lose anyone close to me on 9/11 and yet I felt as if I had lost thousands of dear friends.
Why? Because of radicals who hate anyone and everyone who happens to be free.
I also remember Papito having an unusual experience. Several days before the terrorist attacks (yes, they were TERRORISTS!) Papito heard angels singing every time he closed his eyes. He said the melodies were very sad, but he enjoyed it anyway. Perhaps it was an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, the horrendous illness that eventually took both my parents. Or perhaps Papito was so intuitive he was actually hearing angels sing sadden by what was about to happen to thousands of innocent people. The singing stopped after 9/11.
Do you remember what you were doing? Do you remember how you felt? Were you angry? Sad? Scared?
As we face the 10th anniversary of the attack, the "political correctness" crowd would like us to forget. They are not terrorists, they are militants! We are not at war; we are engaged in an overseas contingency! They do not treat women, gays, and people from other religions worse than the worse among us treat animalsÔÇª.their culture is different!
They say we have to be tolerant. Tolerant of what? Murder? The good mayor of New York, in his infinite wisdom has decided not to include members of any religion in the commemoration ceremony. Why? The constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion!
As a Mexican American Jew, I would not be offended if a priest, minister, rabbi or any other preacher, said a few words of comfort and hope to the families of the victims and the nation as a whole. Looking at the state of the world around us, do we really want to expel God from all aspects of our society?
If you find yourself drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid, please watch the horrific images of 9/11; don't allow yourself to forget. A crucial step in defending ourselves is to know who the enemy is.
God bless America.
Edie J. Adler:
Edie J. is an actress, public speaker, and author. She and her husband Neal live in Valley Glen with their 6 dogs, 4 cats, 4 birds, 1 turtle, 2 frogs, and 1 annoying fly. Edie J. is a regular contributor to LatinoLA. Author's website Email the author