Dear God. There is no reaction to the events of today that can even begin to sum up the feelings that I, and I'm sure everyone else, feels. Those responsible are, to be quite honest, doomed. There is no way that the US government, and that of the rest of the world, will allow these people to continue living. But beyond that... groups that claim to be Islamic have claimed responsibility for this. In the first case, they cannot truly be Muslims believers as they claim. Islam is a religion that values intelligence and peace. Secondly there is a passage in the Koran that basically states that if a believer knowingly kills another believer, they are destined for hell. There is no way that there were no Muslims in the WTC today. Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.
And that's all well and good, but that will not protect those responsible. There will be retribution. Is this right? Part of me says no. No life is worth less than any other life. But by that same rule, are 2 lives worth more than 1? Are 10,000? Will we just create a martyr? But then, there is another part of me that says "Kill them, Make them Pay, Hunt them down and destroy them." The United States is the most powerful force in the world. And we're pissed. Yes... right now it's mostly shock. But as we see the names, faces, and lives of those who died today, we'll get angry. And that's not a good thing for the target of the anger.
What does this mean to us. Well... a lot is going to change. Air travel will be more complicated. Security tighter, questions tougher, and everyone just a little paranoid. Most of this is probably good. Obviously, security needs to be tighter. I know when I fly next month, I'll probably leave a little earlier to get through security. And I'll be just a little bit worried as I fly. But I will not let these people keep me from getting on the plane. They want to beat us and we cannot let them.
Part of that means we have to go on with our lives. We have to help out however we can... donate blood, donate to the Red Cross. Don't make jokes in airports, and don't be afraid to tell someone if you see something that doesn't look right. But at the same time we must stand up for the things that make us who we are. Whoever has done this is responsible for their actions, but those who look like them, believe in the same God or call Him by the same name, are not responsible. Show them the same respect that you want shown to you. And pray. it needs to be done.