Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 11, 2001

Dear children,

I've been thinking of telling you something for some time now. A long time ago when you were very young something very important happened in a big city called New York in America. It has affected everybody in the whole world one way or another.

You were too young for explanations at the time and we who were adults didn't have the words or wisdom to be able to explain it to you anyway. We didn't even understand it ourselves.

You see, this week nine years ago, on the eleventh of September in the year 2001 a tragic event came about that cost nearly three thousand people their lives. That is a terrible loss. But what struck everyone to the core was the way it happened: it seemed as if big aeroplanes were being flown into high towers with everyone on board!

Almost everyone has travelled on a plane and so this crash really shook everyone up.

Well, this event has become known as 911 mostly because of the American way of writing their dates. (They wrote the date 9/11/01 whereas we wrote 11/09/01—but this doesn't matter.)

These high buildings were called the World Trade Centre and within a couple of hours these buildings, which were very high—over 110 floors—came falling down with many people still inside. The day was a day of total confusion, shock, and loss.

The funny thing was the way they fell down; they collapsed in a matter of seconds. Many people were trapped inside and died trying to get out. This was a very traumatic thing to happen to New York and to America and to the world.

This crazy, evil world has always had people who are called kamikaze or "suicide bombers" because they are willing, in a war, to voluntarily give up their own life to kill others because they think their cause is just.

But this event was so horrible that most people could not even come to grips with it. The world had never seen such an act as this—it seemed nowhere now was safe. Everyone was deeply affected.

Almost immediately the government of America started preparing for war. They said they had an idea who was behind this act and sent many soldiers and war planes to kill people in Afghanistan and Iraq and Pakistan because they thought these countries were involved in some way.

Of course this was not a Christian reaction but most people in the world more-or-less agreed with what the Americans did because they felt so sorry for all the destruction that had been caused and all the people who had died.

The Americans asked around to see if anyone wanted to go to war with them. A few countries did go with them. England was quite willing to get involved in the wars that came about over the next few years. But I am glad to say that France would not agree to send its soldiers to fight. (Later governments did get involved in a limited way, but that is not the point now.)

The question that everyone was asking themselves on that day was: How could such a thing happen? Aeroplanes had been hijacked before but never without guns or bombs. Airport security was so high that most people couldn't even understand how these people—there were 19 of them, apparently—could take control of these huge planes. There were many questions that needed answers.

Well, by the end of the day we had all these answers presented to us. This is called the official story because it is the story that the government of America said was true.

In the time since this happened many people have questioned this official story. I started asking my own questions in 2003 and did a lot of reading. There were so many things I couldn't understand.

Well since then many theories have developed and you will doubtless hear of them sometime. Some are quite fantastic and just as unbelievable as the official story. We mustn't believe everything we're told by politicians but there's no point in being sceptical just for the sake of it.

If you ever hear the expression "911" you will know what it refers to. I think that the world will never really know what happened to cause this tragedy while those rulers are still alive. They are too powerful and there is too much at stake. The truth cannot be told.

Probably in forty years or so, when almost all those people have died, then the real story will come out. I saw that happen in my own lifetime. I was just fourteen when the American president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It was also a great shock to that generation and signalled a new spirit of that age.

But we never knew for years what really happened to that poor man and who was really behind his death. I expect that is what will happen with this incident, too. People of the world don't like the truth and cannot receive it, as Jesus said, "... the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."

God bless you with the truth. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)

1 comment:

  1. Very true. We still don't know the full story. But it does show what the world does, whatever the story is. As you write: "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does." 2 Corintians 10:3