Janette Toral

Where were you during 9 / 11?

In Home on September 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm

As the U.S. remembers 9 / 11 every year since it happened, a question often ask by folks to each other is or was “where were you during 9 / 11?”

I was in San Diego, California then with a client and a fellow consultant. We were there to attend the CTIA Wireless conference.

I was still asleep at the hotel when Pierre woke me up and mentioned that World Trade Center is on fire. Wasn’t sure why it was a big deal but got up to watch the news coverage.

When another plane hit the 2nd tower, the newscasters started saying something like, “This is not an accident anymore. The U.S. is under attack.”

My client started calling the airlines about our return trip.

We still went ahead to CTIA Wireless that morning and you can feel the gloom inside the conference. Recalled that some speakers didn’t made it due to flights being grounded, among others. The potential of wireless technology for business was being discussed then. But at the back of my head, I can’t help but think that the same technology was also used during the attack.

I went to the U.S. again that year for a trade mission and COMDEX. As the airports became tighter in security and the mood being so gloomy, I didn’t went to the U.S. again until this year.

If there is one thing I learned, terrorism is real and can have a global effect. It doesn’t mean just because you don’t have it in your country in that magnitude, the developments happening around the globe will not have an effect on us.

Although resolving terrorism by capturing the culprits is just one side of the equation, the root cause needs to be resolved and fix.

Unfortunately, for most of us, including me, there are so many things we don’t know as to what could have possibly triggered and exacerbate it.

But definitely, we need leaders, on both sides, who will work hard on the peace process for the sake of generations to come.

P.S. I made a shout-out at Empire Avenue encouraging writing community peers to write their own blog post. Here are some of them:

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