Monday, November 12, 2001

It's a rainy Monday morning, and a holiday for many, but I'll be heading for work shortly. Not that I don't enjoy taking a day off to honor veterans, it's just not one of the holidays we get at CompassPoint. I suppose at some point it was negotiated away in favor of another paid day off - maybe Martin Luther King's birthday, or that extra day off for Thanksgiving. Still, two months after the WTC attack, it now seems odd to not be taking Veteran's Day.

About an hour ago a plane crashed in Queens, NY. It was an American Airlines flight from New York to the Dominican Republic, and it crashed shortly after takeoff. So far there's no suggestion of cause, but I'm not the only one who's first thoughts were of more terrorism. Maybe we'll know more later in the day, or maybe not.

On the news last night was talk that an intercepted video tape, supposedly meant only for Osama bin Laden's supporters, contains the closest thing to a confession yet regarding September 11. Not terribly surprising. According to a Pakistani journalist who recently interviewed bin Laden, Osama is claiming to have nuclear weapons and is willing to use them against us if we use nukes against him. That he has access to the weapons is somewhat believable. That he has a means of delivering them to the mainland of the US is highly doubtful.

So, what to do on this day to honor veterans? Go to work and continue to live my life to the fullest, without worrying about terrorist attacks. Be grateful that those who are veterans survived their service. And pray that those who are fighting now in Afghanistan will soon be veterans rather than combatants.

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