In the coming weeks as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks draws near, Americans will hear more and more concerning the events of that dreadful day during which nearly 3000 citizens lost their lives. While each aspect of the attacks is still riveting and mind-boggling to this very day, perhaps no greater example of the valor and courage of the average American citizen exists than those who were aboard the ill-fated United Flight 93, which crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside.
Sensing that they were on a collision course with a structure in Washington, D.C.--some say the White House, others, the Capitol Building--the valiant citizens aboard that flight decided to fight back. Taking matters into their own hands, they hastily devised a scheme to storm to the front of the aircraft, killing the terrorist who threatened them, and then bursting through the cockpit door where 2 more terrorists occupied the posts previously held by the pilots they had brutally slain.
They succeeded in these 2 initial goals. But they were not able to wrest control of the plane from the terrorist pilot despite waging an heroic effort to do so. The plane, as we now know, crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside where all who were aboard lost their lives. But the courageous citizens succeeded in preventing the aircraft from being used as a missile to hit the White House or the Capitol Building.
And this brings us to a postulate concerning the state of affairs in the U.S. today, using the aircraft as an instructive metaphor--the USA is now like United Flight 93.