9/11: A 10th Anniversary Interview – Pt 01/11



September 11th, 2001.

The events of that day affected the daily lives of not just those in the US but also of countless people all over the world, in both subtle & not so subtle ways.

10 years later, the repercussions are still being felt but in all this time no voice has been given to the average moderate Muslim.

What follows is a transcript from an interview with a friend of mine, who has a Muslim background, on this broad topic of 9/11.

It was held on Saturday, June 11th, 2011.

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X-Mer: Just to make it clear for the people reading this, did you or did you not get to see any of the questions that I’m about to ask you ?

Friend: No, I’m completely clueless about the questions.

X-Mer: Ok, so it’s all new & there’s been no rehearsal or anything.

How are you feeling now ? Nervous or anything ?

Friend: Well, it’s not so much nervous as I’m very anxious to know what the questions are [LOL].

X-Mer: Ohhh, of course. Well, there’s 11 questions & I’ll try to get to them ASAP.

Friend: Sure, take your time.

X-Mer: I’d like to start the actual interview by first saying “thank you” for being here today.



Question #01:

When disaster strikes, people tend to remember where they were or what they were doing just before they heard the bad news.

Looking back, could you tell us what was going on in your life back in 2001 around the events of 9/11 ? What you were actually doing & how you found out ?



Friend: Where do you want me to start ? With what I was doing before or the actual moment ?

X-Mer: Where you were at the time in your life. Were you working ?

Friend: I was studying at the time & think it was the 1st year of my latest study.

It was an Information Technology study, it was very broad.

X-Mer: How was that going ? You were just beginning ?

Friend: Just beginning, I started in September. & I was in the university cafeteria actually with a lot of people & then suddenly they announced it over the PA system, so that’s how I found out.

X-Mer: With a lot of people at the same time.

Friend: Yeah, but that’s the funny part because I didn’t really know those people. So, there wasn’t any… someone that I could talk about it right away.

X-Mer: You couldn’t turn to anyone like a familiar face or someone you had a deeper bond with ?

Friend: Yeah, strangers. & also I don’t think there was anyone from my class at the cafeteria because it was a free period, so I happened to be there with a lot of other people.

X-Mer: Do you have an idea when this was announced over the PA system, how long it had been going on or what the extent of the situation was at that point ?

Friend: No, absolutely no idea.

X-Mer: What happened afterwards ? Did people all suddenly leave to go home or did the day go on there ?

Friend: The day went on & as it went on you heard more & people went on-line because we had a classroom full of computers.

So, that’s when they looked up videos & they saw images & footage.

X-Mer: What did you do regarding this… strange & almost… both horrific & amazing type of scenario playing out elsewhere ?

Friend: I’m not really sure what I did the exact day. I do remember being glad to finally get home & actually be with people I could talk about it.

& I felt very angry at a certain point because I had… footage on TV & it wasn’t about the planes crashing into the buildings, it was little children cheering on the street.

I believe they were Turkish or Moroccan children & I just thought it was a very stupid… I don’t know, it felt very inappropriate to do so. They… what frightened me a bit was that they were genuine in their behaviour, so…

X-Mer: So, these were little children who were demonstrating their… happiness about what had happened, that’s what the news was showing ?

Friend: Yeah, that’s what stuck with me from that day actually & of course the reaction at home. A feeling of disbelief, it was unreal, very unreal.

X-Mer: Yeah, that’s the reaction a lot of people had.

Friend: Yeah, sure. It was quite an event.

X-Mer: It was like something out of a movie… with many casualties.

Friend: Yeah, sure. Maybe that’s a good thing to mention because that’s how it felt, like it wasn’t real, it was a movie. Deep down you knew it was going to be different from that point on.

X-Mer: Right.

How, familiar were you with the WTC, the towers ? They’d been featured on things like TV & movies but did they register somehow in your conciousness ?

Friend: What was funny because a few weeks or months before you had a Spider-Man [movie] teaser I believe. That’s when the helicopter got caught between the towers & that was quite a powerful image.

X-Mer: Right & it zoomed out.

Friend: Yeah, so that was quite a powerful image & I remember, I believe he had the towers reflected in his eyes in 1 of the movie posters.

So, that’s… it was a coincidence of course but… that’s probably… I’d heard about the towers before but that was the most prominent image in my mind at the time.

X-Mer: Now, for the official 2nd question…

Friend: Was this the 1st question ? Because I feel I missed something… or not ?

X-Mer: No, no ?

Friend: Before, at the moment itself & after [9/11] ?

X-Mer: What do you mean “after” ?

Friend: Well, maybe it’s interesting to mention but stuck in my mind in the days after is that you had students that were… it was an IT study, so video editing was also part of it.

& what struck me as… I don’t know, it was a bit weird to see people already “playing” with the images of the plane going through the tower. I don’t know if it was just a reaction but they were being quite lighthearted about it.

X-Mer: That… could be seen as inappropriate because of all those deaths.

Friend: Yeah sure & it wasn’t just… unlike the happy children on the street who were of a certain group or certain people but this was like you had an Iranian, a Dutch guy, you had a…

X-Mer: The students you mean ?

Friend: Yeah, they were all mixed & they were older of course than the children on TV… I don’t know, maybe it was their way of dealing with it but it just felt inappropriate.

But maybe that’s how they saw it, like it was just a movie or something. Something to edit.

X-Mer: You didn’t broach the subject with them or… ?

Friend: No, because like I said it was… they were… I was new & they… for me it takes time to get to know people.

X-Mer: Yeah, most people don’t go up to some group of strangers & say: “Hey, what’s the deal here ?

Friend: That’s difficult.

That’s something I still remember to this day, it was quite weird to experience people’s reaction like that because over the news it was mostly outrage & people were angry & these guys were just lighthearted about it.

X-Mer: A big contrast.

Friend: Yeah.



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That’s it for part 1 but please check back tomorrow for part 2 of the interview, where I ask my friend about 9/11 conspiracies.


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