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Showing posts with label terrorism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label terrorism. Show all posts

Sunday, September 10, 2023

9/11 Memorial -I will Always Remember and Never Forget -Lanai Jarrico Reporting...


September 11, 2001 is a day in American History that stopped the world in a gasp as an attack on America played out on every News station. I can still remember that morning clearly as I was getting my little girl ready for kindergarten. I got a call from my husband who was at work. He asked me to turn on the news. I watched in horror as smoke was billowing out of the first tower hit as the news was unfolding. It was Flight 11. 

As I watched, I saw the second plane; Flight 175 hit the second tower. Terrified by what I was seeing,  I was afraid to take my daughter to school or even leave the house for fear of more attacks.  

By 9:37am Flight 77 crashed through the Pentagon.  At 9:59am, the South tower collapsed followed by Flight 93 crashing into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:02am.

 Then the North tower collapsed by 10:28am. It felt like everything was happening at once. 

 All I could see was a cloud of dust and debris that covered NYC and damaged surrounding buildings.  People were confused and frantic running for their lives covered in white dust.  It was the most terrifying thing I have ever witnessed on live tv. I stood in silence with my mind going a million miles an hour. What was happening? How could this be a coincidence? I had family who lived in Manhattan and worked close to the towers. Were they safe? Almost 3,000 people lost their lives that day. 

 I spent the next hours and days flipping through different news channels while reporters were trying to make sense of what was going on In NYC, PA and the Pentagon in Washington DC.

Shockwaves from this horrific event in our history carried on around the world for weeks, then months and even years later the magnitude of those days still haunts the lives of everyone who was affected.

 About 7 months after the attacks, I took a trip to ground zero. It was eerie. Sadness permeated the whole area. It was surreal as I walked around.  There were thousands of pictures, posters, balloons, flowers and stuffed animals on the fences that surrounded the gaping hole where the twin towers once stood. I was consumed with emotion. The adjacent building was shrouded in safety tarps with scars from the flying debris. I remember looking at a large mangled steel beam that resembled a cross. It was a time in history that changed us all, the war on terrorism was born. This is something I will always remember and will never forget.

Memorials & Events in Second Life for 9/11

Second Life has a A Tribute to The Victims & Heroes Who Lost Their Lives on September 11, 2001

9/11 Memorial - Always Remember, Never Forget

9/11 Memorial @ The River 12:00pm SLT

9/11 Patriot Day At Rockin Robin Remembers 12pm SLT 

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? Share your story in the comment box below.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Is Second Life Supporting Terrorist Schools?- Dean Lawson Reporting…

There are some of you who will read this headline and immediately think of airplanes flying into the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001, or the more recent attacks in Paris. But terrorism, according to the Miriam-Webster website, is defined as “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal”.

Although, in recent years terrorism has been applied mainly to Muslim extremists, according to several sources, including the FBI, terrorism is not defined by an individual’s political or religious beliefs but it is the tactic of using violence to scare people into doing what you want them to do. Therefore, the United States Airforce, dropping atom bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in an attempt to coerce Japan into surrendering was an act of terror. 

The Amritsar massacre, in which British troops fired on unarmed Indian civilians to discourage the Indian Independence movement was an act of terror. And therein lies the problem, the world economy, the governments of powerful nations, where forged by acts of terror. The use of the word terror when describing the actions of Islamic radicals is simply the big army pointing their finger at the little army and saying; “It’s okay for us to control the world through the threat of violence, but it isn’t okay when you do it.” The bottom line is that we are being hypocrites when we use the word “terrorist”.

This is not to say I condone the acts of a handful of violent men who happen to be Muslim. The reason why I say “handful” is because, praise be to Allah, the majority of Muslims on this planet prefer to live in peace with the rest of us. So it is only small group of angry individuals that make me think twice about booking a flight to Paris or New York or Mumbai. 

Given the choice I would prefer to live in a peaceful world in which I don’t have to worry about being strip searched because of my physical appearance. Let’s be honest, most people from Southern Europe, Latin America, North Africa and Central Asia could easily be mistaken for a “Middle Easterner” and I would rather not have to deal with the prospect of airport security having the right to confiscate my belongings as part of the “Patriot” Act.

So how do we put an end to the violence? The solution is simple, we stop teaching our children that violence is an acceptable way to solve problems. What do I mean by this?

 Let’s look at “America’s War on Drugs”. There was an epidemic of drug abuse in the United States, some might say there still is.  Instead of focusing on helping drug addicts overcome their addiction, the U.S. Government sprayed poisonous chemicals on the rain forests of South America then proceeded to initiate a war in the cities of Colombia to kill the “evil" drug dealers. The DEA eventually helped the Colombian police to track down and execute the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, but has this stopped the Gringos from getting high?

If a man gets drunk and drives into a school bus resulting in the deaths of several children, should we drop bombs on the Napa Valley Vineyards? 

Of course not, but we teach our children to be hypocrites when we use our military to solve our dependency on cocaine, heroine and petroleum. We also teach our children to be hypocrites when we allow them to be entertained by violent video games and movies. I know a lot of people who would never allow their child to watch the kind of violence portrayed in a movie like Reservoir Dogs but they have no problems with allowing their children to watch Pirates of the Caribbean.

 From a moral point of view, this couldn’t be more backwards. The violence portrayed in Reservoir Dogs is less harmful because it comes across as ugly, unpleasant and, because of some brilliant acting, very painful. In the movie “Born on the Fourth of July” a single bullet cripples a young man and ruins his life, but in Pirates of the Caribbean canons are fired, muskets are discharged, swords are brandished and the pretty heroic characters, the characters that we are intended to identify with, emerge from the battle unscathed. This is dangerous because it teaches children that only the “bad guys” get hurt when nations go to war, and what child raised in a self righteous God fearing all American home thinks of himself as being the “bad guy”?

In our minds we are the heroes of the movie. Ironically, the members of Al Qaeda and ISIS are no different. They believe what they are doing is God’s will. We see them as brainwashed fools, but are we any less foolish?

It is easy to be manipulated by the media. Hollywood movie producers are experts at understanding how images, music and stories affect us emotionally and psychologically. Most adults are swept into a suspension of disbelief as soon as the lights dim and the music swells, so what chance do impressionable young children have?

The answer is they don’t have any chance at escaping the propaganda, and so they grow up to become adults who spend their time and money creating pirate sims where they can role play and fantasize about being rapists and murderers. Because this is what the pirates were, they were terrorists, who used violence to take control of the Caribbean then imported slaves from Africa to work on tobacco and sugar cane fields in Jamaica and Haiti.

Now I realize that most of you, when you role play as swashbucklers and buccaneers, don’t think of yourselves as being rapists, terrorists or slave owners but that’s what the pirates were. Of course there is the argument; “It’s just a game. I’m not actually hurting anyone.” But what you are doing is propagating the belief that, the way the Pirates behaved was not only acceptable, it was also heroic. And it is that belief that causes young men to join the military and travel to across the world to drop bombs on babies in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. And, in some extreme cases, it is the belief that violence is heroic, that causes some young men to show up at their high school with an assault rifle.

We have to stop thinking of terrorists as being alien beings from another world. The terrorists are members of our global village, they are our children and we have taught them, by the way we do business, the way we govern and the way we entertain ourselves, that violence is noble.

So, unless you think it’s okay for someone to start up a Second Life sim where people can role play as hijackers and suicide bombers, maybe you should think twice about the games you’re playing.

What are your thoughts? Use the comment box below.

*this article is the opinion of the writer.