Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 .... Ten Years Later.

It's 8 a.m. Dhofari Gucci is sipping her morning cup of coffee and looking out at the end of the monsoon drizzle in Salalah. I live thousands of miles away from the United States, and it should be a normal morning for someone like me, but it's not. Ten years ago, a series of coordinated suicide attacks killed 2977 human beings and led to the collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Will the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that killed 230,000 people remain stuck in my memory forever? What about the Japan earthquakes that killed 16,000 people and wiped out entire villages and towns? Yes and no. I believe it's easier to 'accept' natural disasters and mourn the death of victims because natural disasters are exactly that. There is more closure because it ws an act of God. As for incidents like the Holocaust or 9/11 or the 2011 Norway murderer that killed mostly teenagers, I find them hard to even begin to accept or forget because they were acts of hate. Humans killing humans is something I will never understand.

9/11 was definitely a tragedy and the whole world watched it happen live on TV. I was sitting in the living room with my family watching in horror as the second plane appeared and the twin towers collapsed. It is something I will never ever forget. The aftermath ... the shock, the sadness, the anger, the 'very few' sick terrorists who chose to celebrate (and who do not represent the rest of us peaceful Muslims),.... it went on for months. However, it happened ten years ago, and it's over.
Do we know all the facts about what really happened? I don't know. Did 9/11 deserve all the media coverage it got? No, I don't think so. Why did the famine in Somalia that has killed TENS OF THOUSANDS of people this year disappear from headlines, hmm? Or add up the number of peaceful Israelis and Palestinians who've lost their lives over the years... or the number of innocent civilians murdered in Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, etc..... and just compare.

Like many people out there, I do not agree with the US policies and I have no respect for government decisions, especially those that involve 'going to war' with this nation or that nation to 'fight' terrorism (WTF), but I spent a good chunk of my life in the US and I'm asking you not to generalize. Most Americans are wonderful, sweet and friendly people who probably hate their government more than we do. The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is going to bring back a lot of bad feelings and may even open up a can of unwanted worms.

As a Muslim, 9/11 has affected me of course, and has mostly affected Muslims in the US. When I was abroad, I got the usual hate comments when walking down the street, ... in airports I was treated like an invalid, with securty guards even taking the small pin that keeps my hijab in place (yeah, like I could totally do damage with a scarf pin, right?). Instead of getting pissed off and creating a fuss, I've learned to wear scarves that stay in place without a pin when I travel. I don't know where I'm going with this post. My brain is a mess, but one thought is crystal clear: if we all followed the golden rule and treated others as we ourselves want to be treated, the world would be a better place.

“If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . . how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.” .... Amen.


  1. Beautifully expressed,
    Portsmouth UK

  2. True words, sister. One of the most deeply inspiring things I experience in Oman, and especially Salalah, is the sense of human connection far beyond petty divisions. May this prevail worldwide among all those who have forgotten that we are one human family.

  3. Amen

    from 2001 to 2011 the ten years we had seen lot of changes in world, American war against terrorism, Arab revolutions etc...

    America attacked Iraq Afghanistan and kill thousands of people.. Killed Saddam Hussain, Osama Bin Laden etc.. what did America got from these???

    Sep 11 attack upto now its secret who had done it?? As per official comment itz Al Qaeda(how they had done it, who given support from USA for this operation - all are hidden secrets)but no proof...

    But when a teenage guy killed 100's of people in Norway we had seen reports in world newspaper, we didnt see any word like terrorism used for it... If a Muslim Kills a dog also the western media will call as terrorism but it is not done by a Muslim named people than it will just because of stress, or official comment wil be coming he is mad. what a funny media around the world...

    Muslims are not terrorist the love the world more than any other..Violence is there every where.. 1% act dont blame all the Muslims all over the world...

    Boundary of religion, region, language are there but think we are Humans and we are here in this world to live in peace and happy...

    Am an Muslim and am proud in it...

  4. Well said!!! Keep it up!!! Luv the blog btw. And u r so funny but spot-on with the issues of this beautiful country. Only been here for a year, but like it so far.