Now that the over 1,600 new 9/11 tapes have been released and people have had a chance to listen to them, to relive the agony and horror of what happened on that beautiful September day over again, I am going to stand by my post of yesterday and once again ask "WHY??".
According to this Associated Press article that I read today - NYC Releases New 9/11 Tapes - "Family members on Wednesday repeated complaints that their loved ones were betrayed by poor communication that could have steered them outside before the buildings fell." and "Attorneys for the Times and victims' relatives said they brought the lawsuit because they wanted to find out what happened in the towers and what dispatchers told workers and rescuers."
Now tell me once again that someone somewhere IS NOT looking to cast blame on the poor people who were merely trying to do their jobs that day. It wasn't the "poor communication" that killed 2.977 people but the 19 terrorists who flew the two planes into the Towers. As I said yesterday, NO ONE could have been prepared for this sort of catastrophe.
The article states, "Most of the calls involved firefighters and dispatchers. The voices of 10 civilians calling from inside the World Trade Center were edited out because of privacy concerns" so it's hard to say that as a family member you want to hear your loved ones last dying words unless your loved one was a public employee. And honestly, no offense Jen, but I for one would not want to hear my son or daughter or husband's last gasping breath. My imagination can do a bang-up job of its own when it comes to that sort of thing, I don't need to have the actual voice repeating itself over and over in my head on a continous loop.
It is quite possible that someone out there WILL find some sort of closure listening to those tapes but if your child or spouse was one of the hundreds of firefighters or police officers that died that day, do you have any doubt at all that they died as heros? Do you need to hear their last anguished cries on a recording to know that? I would know it in my heart and I am confident that the rest of the world would know it, too - I wouldn't need a tape to back me up and prove it.
I just can't help but think that this dredges up more pain than it heals. But I am just one voice - what does everyone else think? I know ECR and Marlea and Jenifer's thoughts but what about the rest of you who stop by to read this blog? Truly everyone has an opinion and I would love to hear it.