Dear Francesco, I lost touch with you after I returned home for good from the US, where, you may remember, I was a student for eight years during the 1980s.
When I think back on the events of September 11, 2001, I find that I don’t have too much to say. I remember feeling isolated by the thought that in the great march of time and history, if this day were the worst for our nation, we should feel blessed.
A week after the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, my doorbell rang one evening. Gail, my neighbour and a devout Christian, stood apologetically, sorrow etched on her face. “I brought this for you,” she said.
On July 20, barring a pardon from the Governor of Texas, killer Mark Anthony Stroman will get the death penalty. I say, “Good riddance!” After all, the man seemed unrepentant, and even made obscene gestures at the victims’ families as he was being sentenced to death.
Thirteen years after declaring war on America, Osama bin Laden is dead at American hands. In an operation run by American forces deep in Pakistan and next to its Military Academy, Osama died resisting. His son and few other relatives also died in the operation. Much of the world will heave a sigh of relief… Read more »