This Sunday, we commemorated what took place at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93, where passengers purposely crashed their terrorist-controlled airliner into a rural Western Pennsylvania field, rather than be sacrificed in that act of piracy. Donald J. Trump, however, might have been one of the few who were actually celebrating at Ground Zero today, since one of your real estate projects—40 Wall Street—qualified for a small business re-construction grant of $150,000, even though it suffered no damage
Yes, Donald, you have been vowing to build a Wall; but, one already exists. You might not know that among the three locations, which were savaged that day, there were people from all over the world—Americans, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Europeans, Muslims, Women, Disabled, etc. But, they came together. They helped each other try to escape, and some comforted each other, when they realized that their fate was sealed. And, that included many of the first responders—running into danger, against all common sense!
A week or so ago, it had been one year since that three year-old Syrian boy’s body washed-up on the shore in Greece. His mother and five-year old brother drowned, as well. Germany gave the father asylum. Did you see it, Donald? He looked like he was sleeping, like many children, head down and rump in the air. But, I didn’t see a terrorist—even a future one. All that I could see was a littler boy sleeping, just like my three year-old grandson does.
Perhaps you view all of these refugees as terrorists, drug traffickers and murderers; but, have you ever really thought about them? In most cases they are just trying to escape gang-controlled cities with some of the highest murder rates on the planet. Do you really think that coming to America, to be a migrant farm worker, is a great career move? They are just seeking a better life for their families!
Two years ago, I described the unbelievable love and kindness shown by the Great People of Gander, Newfoundland. I have linked that blog post as a note, below. This time, however, I have linked a column from the Washington Post, the title of which I believe says it all: “On 9/11, a tiny Canadian town opened its runways and heart to 7,000 stranded travelers.” Its linked as follows: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-sept-11-a-tiny-canadian-town-opened-its-runways-and-heart-to-7000-stranded-travelers/2016/09/08/89d875da-75e5-11e6-8149-b8d05321db62_story.html.
You see, Donald, many great things happened that fateful day in 2011—as they have every day since. All the world declared they were American that day. The colors of our flag were displayed on great buildings around the world, flags everywhere were at half-staff. moments of silence were held, for those who died. But, I believe that that love, and that humanity, that the Great People of Gander, Newfoundland displayed that day personifies the very Wall that, perhaps, you have been seeking to find.
But, Donald, the Great Wall of Humanity is there for us to see. t’s all around us, everywhere we go. Granted, we do have to accept the bad with the good, which is much much greater. But, you can see that Wall, Donald, and you just have to look for it!
A great book about what happened with all those planes, running low on fuel, having just crossed the Atlantic, read: “The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland”.
by Jim DeFede.