9/11- A TIME TO REMEMBER, LEARN, and say THANK YOU!
On this 9/11, I am writing to compare how I felt then with now, and what has changed or changed me from that experience.
Now I want you all to write down how you felt back in 2001 compared to now, and what or if you do anything differently due to that event. This within itself will show you how you’ve either changed or took it in stride. (9/11).
I feel this is cathartic for me and maybe it can be something like that for you. I know most of America experienced a horror that they thought would never be seen in their life.
I was living in Iran at this time and had been since 1998. Prior to 9/11 I had been teaching English to Persian (Iranian) girls and women. These girls became my best friends and could ask me questions after class that they wouldn’t dare ask their parents or anyone else. These were simple questions like when do girls & boys start dating, and etal. I kept their secret and we shared each others cultural differences and what we thought about them.
On 9/11/2001 I was being told by Mohammad that we needed to get out of IRAN in case America wanted to retaliate against the Middle East. I asked why they would, he didn’t answer fully, just gave me some silly remark about Osama Bin Laden was going to increase the price of tobacco to get even with the US. That sounded ridiculous but I was ecstatic as hell to be on our way home i.e. USA!!! When I arrived in Iran I was told I would need my husbands written permission to leave the country of Iran. That was never going to happen. Mohammad was your proverbial Muslim, wife is nothing but a slave, and he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. E.G. beat her in the street, sell her to his friends for sex or drugs amongst other things.
I was also aware that something was going to happen today (9/11/2001) because I had heard rumors and gossip while Mohammad was speaking with all his friends in these nightly meetings. I knew SOMETHING BAD was going to happen, I didn’t know where or what, but something. I tried to call home on the 9th, 10th and 11th and was told that NO INTERNATIONAL CALLS WERE BEING ALLOWED THROUGH AT THAT TIME. This recording every single day I tried to call the states.
We packed and went to the bus terminal to take a bus to Istanbul and then catch a plane from there home. I still had NO IDEA of what really happened. Five to ten minutes after showing our passports and paying for our tickets, these two troop type carrier trucks pulled up and blindfolded and handcuffed me and took me into one of the trucks, and Mohammad supposedly went into another. (when you read my book you will see why he didn’t).
The events that took place for the next six weeks was total brutality of rape, starvation, beatings, and many mind games. I won’t use too many descriptions so that I don’t give the book away. But I can say this these are actual event, not exaggerated and totally true.
- GOD spoke to me in that camp and told me I was going home!
- I didn’t really do any thinking or praying in the camp because when your faced with the thought of death every minute of everyday then your mind is always in high gear and all you can do is try to survive the moment that your in right then.
- Upon arriving back in the USA on 11-14-2001, I kissed the ground after getting out of the terminal. I at that time weighed in at around 70 pounds, most of my teeth were knocked out. I had been beaten, raped and starved. BUT I WAS SO EXCITED to be in my home country again, where I KNEW the rules and culture and didn’t need my husbands written permission to leave the country!
- I appreciate the USA more than anyone I think because I lived in a country full of false type prophets who beat, robbed and tortured people yet claimed to be doing all of it in the name of GOD/ ALLAH; and these people were RUNNING THE COUNTRY!
- I have read the Qur’an and NO WHERE in it does it say to treat your wives and women the way they do. It does not say to murder or torture those of a different religion or country. The Qur’an dictates peace and to only kill in Allah’s name when absolutely necessary. It denotes peace of all mankind, and the Muslims interpret it the way they WANT TO so that they can have a justified means to take out their anger, violence and murderous tendencies on others.
- A lot of religions will interpret their Holy Book to the means necessary for which they desire to achieve. The Muslims are not the only ones. I still have many questions about those six weeks in that camp. I was never interrogated, just raped, beaten and starved with so many others.
WE HAVE TO REALIZE HOW THANKFUL WE SHOULD BE ON A DAILY BASIS, to live in this beautiful country, although not flawless, we have our freedom, our ability to say no to men, we have life in our country that most countries around the world will not ever achieve or experience in their lifetime.
This country brings a lot of hope and promise to people! Sure the Democrats and Republicans will never agree, but at least we are not forced to abide by some type of dictatorship. We will always have our freedoms that are spelled out in the constitution.
I hope that if you read my book you will see the atrocious acts that were carried out in Iran and WOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED to happen in the USA. The profits from the book go to Amnesty Intl. and HSUS, and HFH neurology division, and the Brighton Rehab hospital.
I think once you experience a country like Iran and then return to the USA …if your lucky, you will develop a whole new desire to be thankful and grateful everyday of your life here, because you will never have to experience:
- People getting executed due to not being a Muslim in a Muslim dictated country such as Iran, Iraq, etal.
- An honor killing of a daughter who gets drowned in her father’s swimming pool for not being a virgin on her wedding night. (Happened to my student, Layla).
- Women and young girls being beaten or having machine guns held to their heads because they have too much HAIR showing out of their head coverings.
- Women and young girls being beaten out on the street and everyone just watches and agrees that they are getting what they deserve for their disobedience.
- You will never be beat for asking a question about American girls and boys.
- You will never see women getting hung in a town square in front of everyone even children, and then what they think is compassionate is to ALLOW the mother to go spend five minutes with her daughter at the noose before she is hung by a construction crane.
I am almost glad to a degree that I did witness these things because you really never know until you see it first hand that it truly is REAL! We are entitled Americans and none of us will ever change until something like what happened to me happens to them; And GOD I PRAY IT NEVER DOES!!! Then they will understand the who’s, whys, and what’s.
The reason I wrote this was to compare how I felt then with now, and to somehow get out of this apathetic depression I’m in.
I still to this day sleep a lot of the time sitting up, because for six weeks I was handcuffed to Faresh ( a girl from Bahrain). And we couldn’t lie down or we’d be kicked or hit in the head, so we had to “REST” and supposedly “SLEEP” sitting with our backs to each other. We had a lot of chain between the cuffs so we had room to just sit back to back to support each other. So now I sleep sitting up, go figure. Not only that I’m in the middle of getting more dental implants to replace all the teeth that were knocked out in the camp. And I’m going through the worst pain in my back and hip due to needing spinal fusion in several different places but the doctor refusing to do it, due to my history of blood clots in my lungs on two occasions.
I WILL GET THRU my downfalls, and I will always be thankful for my GOD and country, and I know that most of my friends on FB, are very enlightened, intelligent individuals who will understand my way of TRYING TO WRITE this as a tribute while allowing others to see into my emotions and another country. 🙂 :).
Please write a list today of the top five things you love about this country, and share them in the comments section if you would. Then for each one THANK GOD for allowing you the privilege of living in this country, where your rights and individual beliefs are not only allowed, but to be looked upon without prejudice or bias.
I would GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR FEEDBACK. I don’t think this day ever gets totally “OK” or “BETTER” for us, it just gets to be tolerable and a time to think back. Don’t ever let this be a time to FORGET!
Those 2750 victims should not have died in vain.
Their families and loved ones should not suffer in vain. We need to remember them and the tragedies they suffered that day.
I don’t allow myself to forget, I use my experience to help others. I am speaking once a month at Brighton Rehab hospital about my book and experience. I was so speechless the first time I spoke and got not only a standing ovation but a line of about 50 people waiting to hug me. These guys with tattoos all over their necks and arms would come up to me with tears in their eyes and tell me that if I could get thru that then they could survive getting clean. That was one of the most emotional times of my life to know that what I’m doing is truly ACCOMPLISHING SOMETHING FOR OTHERS!
Please visit my website and be sure to buy my book on Amazon, All profits from my book go to Amnesty International, HSUS, Henry Ford Hospital, Brighton Rehab hospital.
Thank you for reading this and leaving your comments. God Bless, Lori