I am posting this 18 years to the minute after the first tower was hit.
Back then I was in a Windemere shop, buying a suede coat and as soon as I walked outside could see people crying in the street. I had no idea why, but soon spotted a small crowd outside a shop selling TVs, made my way over and saw the burning tower ... I was watching hundreds, if not thousands dying, but had no idea what had happened.
Someone said a plane had crashed ... my mind reeled ... I guessed instantly that it was a deliberate act as any pilot would steer away from a tower. Then, we all watched in horror as the second tower was hit .... confirming it was no accident ....
I realised the world had changed and wondered what would come next ... as it turned out, much less than I expected .... it was a slow, grinding roll out of imperfect retribution..
For anyone directly affected by this atrocity ... please accept my heartfelt commiserations.