grade on Sept. 11, 2001, the catastrophes of that day remain the most
significant events so far in my life.
to an ordinary, small public school. Although it seemed that morning that the attacks
on New York City could have no direct affect on us, I knew they did.
a drastic turn at about eight o’clock Central Time, or 9 a.m. on the East
worried, then turning on the news for all of us students to see.
that the severity of the events were great enough that it would change not only
America, but the world, forever.
this magnitude, and old enough to know how a family can be affected with the
loss of a loved one.
About seven years after the attacks, I packed up my bags and
boarded a plane, prepared to start a new life in Saudi Arabia.
unique opportunity to hear the thoughts of those who were in the Middle East at
the time of the attacks and those who moved over shortly after.
six years after 9/11, remembers that day.
wrong,” Christensen said. “There was a stiffness in the air. It was a day without smiles.”
While many people I talked to only have a vague memory of the day
itself, they all seemed to recall knowing the magnitude of the events, even if
they were as young as six.
of the most tragic in modern history.
the Middle East, we were both very skeptical about our safety. We remembered
hearing of terrorism stemming from the Middle East.
of the attacks how it affected her country. She told me, but asked me not to
use her name.
|A Saudi street|
“Tension grew between people, especially living in a
community with mixed cultures,” she said, “mostly between Arabs and Americans.”
seemed that “Muslims” had become “terrorists.”
sister and me when we were told about moving to Saudi.
had about Arabs, that they were terrorists.
|Evan Pogue in Saudi Arabia|
It’s about time that people realize that not all Arabs are
terrorists. It’s about time that people understand that not all Muslims are bad
people. In no way does the Islamic religion condone violence and killing.
generalizations about Arabs for people all over the world.
approaching, I knew I wanted to write something on it.
risked their lives on that day, and those who innocently lost their lives.
the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
someone on that day, but I also thought that if by writing this, I could change
at least one person’s opinion of Arabs or of the Islamic religion, it would be well
worth the time.