I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m just… mad. No real reason for it, I think.
Today is my 17th birthday. Yes, today, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, probably the biggest terrorist attack in modern and world history. I should be happy. I should be elated. Probably.
Still, when I see the “happy birthday” sentiments on Facebook which I normally love, my anger deepens. My sister also wished me a happy birthday this morning even though I expressly told them yesterday: no wishing! I was enraged at her. She said I ruined her day. Its not her day, so I don’t care. If it was her birthday, I wouldn’t act against her wishes ruining her birthday.
She is who she is.
I know I’m being selfish, but I just can’t help going on not thinking about all those people who died that sad day in 2001, and all their relatives and friends who survived. And all those firefighters, policemen and paramedics who became heroes that day. The finest of New York, and the finest of the USA. I believe if it would of happened anywhere in America, the local authorities would of done the same thing.
My father is from Texas. He came to Finland while the Soviet Union still looked like it could hang on forever to study Russian and Soviet politics. He came to study in he university of Finland’s capital, Helsinki, which had the leading Soviet Union research facility in the world at the time. Helsinki also used to be called the city of spies, since we were a “free” country right on the border. More about that some other time. This is just a preface to me saying, I live in Western Finland and I have and American and a Finnish citizenship.
I remember vaguely my 7th birthday, when IT happened. It was a Tuesday, I was on first grade. We had just moved to where we live now about over a month ago right before school began around the 10th of August. I had come home from school and I was doing something in our living room. It was directly connected to my parents’ office. He was looking at something interesting on the Internet, so I went over and asked: “What is that?” It was the World Trade Center twin towers in New York billowing a lot of smoke. It must of been a bit over 9 o’clock which means it would’ve been around 5pm in Finland.
I don’t remember what my father told me had happened. Maybe it was that airplanes had crashed in to the skyscrapers. I vaguely remember understanding that it was a horrible thing that had happened. Feeling like my birthday was ruined. I only later got to know that there were also two other planes. The one that hit the Pentagon and the other that crash landed in a field thanks to the courageous acts of those in the plane.
This sounds horrible, but I am feeling better now. I didn’t know any of the people that died that day, I don’t know any of the people who survived. I just have read and heard about them. It didn’t ever effect me personally. What am I mad at other people about? The people around me didn’t know them either. It was a horrible tragedy. Nobody can deny it, but the fact is: I have lived in Finland all my life and I have never visited New York. The beginning of this month I have only been aggravated a) that they have spoken about in the Finnish media so much before the actual day leaving nothing and b) they are building new WTC skyscrapers and one of them is 1776 feet high, symbolic of the year USA became Independent. Admirable, defiant and stupid! That is definitely going to be a target!
Other events on September 11th that are hitting the big zeros:
470 years ago in 1541 – Santiago, Chile, is destroyed by indigenous warriors, led by Michimalonko
90 years ago in 1921 – Nahalal, the first moshav in Palestine, is settled as part of a Zionist plan to colonize Palestine and creating a Jewish state, later to be Israel
80 years ago in 1931 – Salvatore Maranzano is murdered by Charles Luciano’s hitmen
70 years ago in 1941 – Ground is broken for the construction of The Pentagon, and Charles Lindbergh’s Des Moines Speech accusing the British, Jews and the Roosevelt administration of pressing for war with Germany
50 years ago in 1961 – Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund, and Hurricane Carla strikes the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, the second strongest storm ever to hit the state
40 years ago in 1971 – The Egyptian Constitution becomes official
And people hitting the zeros:
400 years – 1611 – Turenne, 3rd Marshal General of France (d. 1675)
300 years – 1711 – William Boyce, English composer (d. 1779)
100 years – 1911 – Bola de Nieve, Cuban pianist (d. 1971)
Interesting death was on this date in 1971 – Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, Soviet politician and leader, and he was born exactly a 100 years, 5 months and 8 days before me on April 3rd, 1894. I was born in 1994.