Ten years have passed since I stood in the lounge area at my workplace and watched the twin towers fall. I have gone through a number of personal problems since, but I assure you, in comparison to what the victims and their families suffered on that day in 2001, my problems diminish to nothing.
September 11th made me want to re-enlist and take up arms against the perpetrators. I wanted to kill them all. I wanted to blow their country off the globe and leave a big smoking hole in the ground like the ones in the sides of those towers and the Pentagon and that field in Pennsylvania.
As the years unfolded, I learned a great deal about Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. I already knew a lot about them since that area of the world played a part in my novels co-incidentally. I had studied Arabia because I had once considered going there to work. I had studied Islam simply because I also studied Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Mormonism, Catholicism, etc. I knew what the Islamic religion was about. I knew who wrote the Koran, where, when and I thought I understood why they wrote it, but I won’t go into that here. As the years wore on, and I saw more and more of the conditions of the common people and even the upper classes of people in those Islamic countries, I began to see that I was right for the most part about my ideas.
The word that fits best is: exploitation.
Add exploitation, ignorance, isolation, deprivation, fear and confusion and what you will have is the plight of the common people in those countries controlled by fundamental Islam.
Those people responsible for the horrific terroristic acts on September 11, 2011 are not the people we are fighting in the hills and streets and alleys in Afghanistan, Iraq and wherever they are found. They are the exploiters, the megalomaniacs, the brain-washers, the anti-Christs (if you prefer the term), that wander the world looking for victims, for followers, for worshipers and admirers. Those people are just like the people in this country that exploit our young people and our children, turning them aside from the right path. They are criminals, drug-dealers, arms-dealers, perverts, cult leaders and pimps. They are despicable human beings that deserve the fates that await them in the future either in this world and/or the next.
I have lost much of my anger since that day 10 years ago. Then I wanted to strike out in all directions, but now I want to make precision strikes and I do what I can to educate the people around me (those willing to listen) about what I have learned about what happened that day.
I, like everyone else affected by 9/11, am not the same person I was on 9/10/2001, but I do like to think that I have grown at least spiritually since then and I know God has a plan, a Will, and that Will is immutable.
I am at peace with the knowledge when we (humans) level up, not everyone will be in that number, when the Saints go marching in.
Thank you.

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