Remembrance of today the 11 Sept. exactly 12 years ago! Horror in New York, an eye witness
Posted on September 11th, 2013

By mahinda karunaratne

My tribute to those who dies at site,

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After both Aircrafts were broken in to the two towers (file photo)

 Although a nostalgia to me after 12 years, but the fear, uncertainty and pain I had to endure by me in particular in my own situations I was in new York that time will never be forgotten. In fact that incident was the main candidate that destroyed my ambitions of going there to get out of my woos and difficulties due to which I left Sri Lanka. Simply to say my American Dream was broken and shattered by 9/11.

That day like several other days earlier, I left Jersey City room where I was temporarily staying by a fellow Sri Lankan and I left the room and got in to metro bus from University Boulevard to come to Port Authority bus stand in Manhatton. As I alighted from the bus there was some this fishy about, people rushing with unusual attitude. Only after coming out of the Port Authority bus terminal, I got know from asking few people that there had been an accident where an Air craft had hit one of the tower of WTC and its smoking. The  NYPD and NYFD are all running in rampage like mad dogs with full of siren sounds from all over, which resembled me the 1991 Gulf war time when I was working in Saudi Arabia at the time.

I anyway rushed to the 9th avenue and beyond towards the WTC to see what has happened and I was closer to the location in direct view I witnessed huge smoke and fleeing people in a rush, some women weeping with tears and it was a real rampage out there. A security officer of a nearby shop smiled at me and identified as from Asia, he is an Indian told me see what has happened, he was so sorry to see the incident although he commented s an accident. As we were talking I spotted another Aircraft coming closer too low unusual for such large Aircrafts and I quickly started to think would this be not an accident but some kind of sabotage, before I concluded my thoughts the second Aircraft in my clean view blasted on the west tower and it started to blow up, I said the security guard that this is a sabotage or some kind of an attack he did not believe or did not have sense to understand, so I told him watch news later on and turned quickly and started running towards the port authority bus station to get back as soon as I can to jersey City to where I was staying, the reason is that if entry points were closed I will be caged up in New York city without food and water and no place to sleep.

 

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The second aircraft was approaching west tower

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After west tower was attacked

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Horror during fire, people jumping from upper floor of 90″‘ties and 100″‘s

 

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A man jumping from upper top

New York City has three entry points namely the Hudson underpass, Holland Bridge and Verrazano Bridge where all three entry points can be closed when necessary so none can come in or go out.

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Street scene after attack

I noticed there were hundreds of ambulances plying amok and taking injured in a rush to hospitals, on the road side I came across some fallen, aged and young alike but unfortunately I was not in a position to help them since it was not my home country, and situations under which I was terrible. With sad feelings, I had to pass them leaving the task to NYFD rescuers of their duty.

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NYPD with collected bodies

 I did not posses more than 5 dollar which I brought only as return bus fare and had only my water bottle in the bag, should I get late to go I have no food, no cash to buy food.

While I was coming to the NY bus terminal, there were scores of chaos on the streets as well as in side the port authority train / bus terminal,  no metro buses were available, I was shivering and in fear but noticed a private bus operated by Hispanic was about to leave which

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  Debris of mixed human remains too!

 runs a bit far away from where I stay, but I decided to board although I will have to walk a long distance from where I will have to get off.

I was one of the last few passengers they boarded to stand and travel, but I noticed there were many who were unable to board the bus and the bus I boarded was the last the driver said. That means I knew the Authorities had already given instructions without panicking the public much, as the bus passed the Hudson underpass, the entry gate was closed while we passengers were watching. I could not understand what others say as many were Hispanic people, but their moods gave me the feeling they were worried much.

When I reached the Jersey City where I was staying and it had direct view of New York City over the Hudson River when I came to the verandah. I came and changed my clothes, came out to see what is happening and around 2 pm local time I was watching the WTC was collapsing just as some as spreads, a scene very rare and shocking.

From that time my heart was also in shock as I knew that big disaster could be nearer and these incidents will shatter my dream and just as I thought in few weeks I had to move out of New York to Texas and from there to LA and finally to DC looking for survival and work to live.

What happened and being happened in USA is history and its glory is gone, which I noticed by rapid declining economy, miles long abandoned factories, shops just out of cities, empty streets, medium and small business that closed almost on daily basis were all catalysts to ever declining glory of the USA of yester years.

It economy entangled in misery, there were no jobs for migrants, no proper scope, migration laws tightened, visa status cannot be changed due to the newly imposed Homeland security law and exactly six and half years later I decided to get out of USA and forget the American dream. It can never be recovered for both Americans and me alike!

The rest you all know about USA now!   

The world is entangled with same Planetary situation as it was in 2001, Jupiter in Gemini house and Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury are all playing havoc caged in to 180 degrees of so called “…” Kaala Sarpa Yoogaya”‚ and quiet obvious history repeats though may be in different form of structure but by same integrity.  Attack on Syria is nearing as I am writing this.

 Anyway, lets pay tribute to those unsuspecting innocent who died on 9/11 in New York. The federal news says only 3000 + dead but at the time in that early morning there should have been over 20000  people of all walks inside the WTC the workers, customers and visitors and also one Sri Lankan kiosk shop keeper on the ground also perished.

May you be well and happy,

5 Responses to “Remembrance of today the 11 Sept. exactly 12 years ago! Horror in New York, an eye witness”

  1. Sri Rohana Says:

    September 11th WTC attack killed 3000 Americans citizens and it is terrorism against human and has to condemn that sort of inhuman acts and have to pay tribute to those innocent American Citizens.
    Unfortunately most media forgot that August 6th Hiroshima and 9th Nagasaki nuclear bombs which killed more than 300,000 innocent Japanese citizens and it is state terrorism against human and has to condemn that sort of war crimes too. So we have to pay tribute to innocent Japanese citizen too.

  2. aloy Says:

    “So we have to pay tribute to innocent Japanese citizen too.”
    not correct. Japanese attacked Perl harbor without provocation; probably they did it to preempt USA joining WW2. After that they fast tracked the development of nuke and used it on Japanese people. They got what they deserved. Do not forget they somehow worked against us during tiger war by getting involved in building mini subs etc.

  3. Sri Rohana Says:

    1). Pearl Harbour was and still the largest naval base in pacific of American imperialist. This was looted and by force annexed to USA from Polynesian nation of Hawaii. In a war either declared or not attacking to a war facility is obvious and non stoppable. But Japs have not bombed to Honulolu or any other city in Hawaii on that invasion.
    In return Americans destroyed many Japs Naval and other military facilities but that is not a debatable. But what is the justification of killing 300,000 civilians in two cities with an atomic bomb. This is a biggest mass destruction of recent history. Those civilians have not attacked to Pearl Harbour. It was done by Japanese military command.
    Why can’t we pay tribute to them also? What is the important of 3000 Americans lives than 300,000 Japanese?
    2). we don’t agree with Japs if they supply submarine technology to LTTE terrorist and if so that’s wrong. But equally now LTTE terrorist’s Eelam shadow government headed by Rudrasingham operates from U.S.A with the blessing of state department. Eelam terrorists are openly operating in USA, Canada, U.K, France, Norway, Germany and Holland etc all are American backed NATO countries.

  4. Sri Rohana Says:

    1). Pearl Harbour was and still the largest naval base in pacific of American imperialist. This was looted and by force annexed to USA from Polynesian nation of Hawaii. In a war either declared or not attacking to a war facility is obvious and non stoppable. But Japs have not bombed to Honulolu or any other city in Hawaii on that invasion.
    In return Americans destroyed many Japs Naval and other military facilities but that is not a debatable. But what is the justification of killing 300,000 civilians in two cities with an atomic bomb. This is a biggest mass destruction of recent history. Those civilians have not attacked to Pearl Harbour. It was done by Japanese military command.
    Why can’t we pay tribute to them also? What is the important of 3000 Americans lives than 300,000 Japanese?
    2). we don’t agree with Japs if they supply submarine technology to LTTE terrorist and if so that’s wrong. But equally now LTTE terrorist’s Eelam shadow government headed by Rudrasingham operates from U.S.A with the blessing of state department. Eelam terrorists are openly operating in USA, Canada, U.K, France, Norway, Germany and Holland etc all are American backed NATO countries.

  5. aloy Says:

    What I am trying to say is that what happened in Hiroshima is some sort of retribution. Those people may be innocent. So were the people of Hitlers Germany; their big cities were destroyed and many were killed. In both countries the people collectively gave their support to the rulers to do what they did. Their actions represented the collective will of the people. Imperial Japan committed many atrocities in other countries believing that those actions will help them to achieve their strategic objectives. For example in one ASEAN country they killed all the youths just to make sure that they will be able to have a control and use one of their resources the Japs needed very badly. What a crime was that?. They were trying to build an empire just like the Brits. If they were successful we too would have been in it. Hpwever they now have an economic empire and we all are in it. All our cars come from their country. We do not have an issue with it.

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