九一一二十週年紐約世貿大樓恐攻經歷(The memory in person of the 911 20 anniversary )

退休至今已邁過十個年頭,已往在工作、商場上點點滴滴的記憶畫面也已日漸模糊,看著年青一代每天早出晚歸忙碌的不可開交,深感世代交替的必然,人生舞台就是這樣一幕一幕的進行著一直到謝幕的那一刻。

今年是紐約世貿雙子星大樓恐攻後倒塌的二十週年,美國也在今年踉蹌不堪的離開阿富汗,結束因恐攻而發動的軍事報復行動,留給世人不勝晞噓的感受,尤其是那些曾經參與的國家。

I have retired from the job around 10 years, the frames of memory on the past career have been also gradually fading away, looking at the young generation who are busy and occupied day by day with their task that is we say the generation transition, and the episode of life are going on and on at the life stage till the last one.

This year is the 20 anniversary of the 911 terror attack by the Al-Qaeda and sadly also the same year that American troops embarrassingly leave the Afghanistan battlefield, the retaliation movements against the terrorism terminated and failed, this is a fetal strike to the people of the world at the same side specially those involved.

時間回到二十年前也就是二零零一年的九月十日傍晚,約六點多在美國僑居已四十多年的大妹及外甥佑倫送我到紐約拉瓜迪機場,準備搭機去也是旅居舊金山多年的么弟處,傍晚的機場雖是星期一但人聲頂沸,擠滿要搭機的旅客,因為想要早些能劃一個走道的座位,於是匆匆的和大妹及祐倫道別來到報到櫃台,好禮的請求地勤小姐是否能劃一個走道的座位,只見她頭也不抬的迅速辦完登機手續,將登機證交給我,一看之下是中間而非走道的座位,想要再提出要求,但她面無表情的看著我沒吭一聲,好像說就是這樣了,拿了手提行李進入管制區前,回頭一看大妹和祐倫還在大廳不斷的揮著手。

Time is flashing back 2 decades ago that is on the late afternoon of Sep10 2001, My sister and nephew who have immigrated to US and stayed in New York drove me to the LaGuardia airport, I was on a business trip to Europe and visiting her by the way back home, the flight was to San Francisco where my young brother lives, both of them have been in the US for more than 40 years, although it was Monday the airport was crowded, I always want to get a aisle seat when I am travel alone, so I said good bye to them in a hurry and move to the AA counters, I asked the lady behind the counter if I can have an aisle seat, she just looking at the screen and finished the check-in procedure, handing me back the papers, but it was not an aisle seat, I tried to ask again but she was quiet with an ice looking on her face, with an unhappy feeling I left the counter with my hand carry bag, when I turned my head to the airport lobby, my sister and nephew were still  there and waving their hands.

這是一班由紐約經芝加哥到舊金山的美國航空班機(AA),一進機艙滿滿的乘客,啊顯然是客滿的狀態,找到座位是機艙左邊的一排三個座位的中間,擠在兩個大漢中間,空氣異常悶熱,經過很長的等待飛機終於開始滑行,此時艙外傳來雷聲接著雷雨交加下起傾盆大雨,飛機停在滑行道上很長的時間,從窗戶看出去昏暗的光線下一架架等待起飛的班機,像排班計程車一般擠在滑行道上,終於等到要起飛了,看看手錶已將近遲了兩個小時,窗外響起飛機加速產生的隆隆引擎聲,在花啦花啦的雨中離開了紐約。

This was a flight of AA (American Airlines) to San Francisco via Chicago, when I stepped into the cabin it was crowded、muggy and hot, looked like it was fully booked, my seat was at the left cabin in a row of three and in the middle, I felt squeezed between two big guys, the plane moved after quite a longtime, there was suddenly a thunder noise from outside the cabin, then came a heavy shower, the plane stayed on the taxing way for a long time, I could see a long lines of planes before the runway just like the taxi cars lined up in front of the railway station, finally after about two hours, with the heavy roar of the engines the plane was accelerated on the runway and rotated and left the New York in the rain shower.

經兩個多小時的飛行到達中途站芝加哥,在機場過境約一小時後再回到機艙,一進機艙嚇了一跳好像末班公車已看不到人群,瞬間感到一股寒氣夜襲來,陣陣疲倦上身,點頭婉謝服務員問是否要耳機,懵懵懂懂昏睡之間不知過了多少時間,飛機落地舊金山到了,抬起手看錶已是深夜一點多了,見到么弟拿了行李到家時已半夜兩點,沒打擾弟妹阿秀迅速盥洗後就上床看錶已半夜三點,如跑百米般的睡著了。

It was around 2 hours the plane has landed Chicago and one hour transited, when I went back to the cabin that chilly and quiet mood struck me, looked like the last bus is going to the bus terminal, a really sleepy mind was arousing which I couldn’t accept the offer of a headset from the stewardess, couldn’t imagine how long that the plane have arrived San Francisco, it was one o’clock in the mid night, collected the luggage and joined my young brother and sister in law back to their place, it was already 2 o’clock in the morning, after most of things settled there was another hour when I went to bed.

睡夢中一陣響亮的手機聲響起,是老婆從台北打來,電話那一頭聲音有些急促 !紐約世貿大樓有飛機撞樓你知不知道?”,看看錶大概清晨約五點多,由於腦子裡仍在睡眠狀態沒多回答就掛斷電話,不知過了多久電話鈴聲又響起 ! 紐約世貿大樓又一架飛機撞樓,這時終於清醒但因只睡兩個小時好不容易睜開眼,穿上衣服延著樓梯下樓經過客廳來到餐廳,看到人在廚房的弟妹阿秀,要她打開在廚房旁小客廳的電視,瞬間不可思議的畫面映入眼簾,紐約雙子星貿易大樓正冒著濃煙,過沒多久濃煙夾雜火花,兩棟矗立的高樓像人為爆破般倒了下來,電視裡傳來的報導似乎還不知到事件的整個原因狀況,是意外還是攻擊,大家都愣在當下因為實在太驚悚了。

早上吃過早飯依么第的規劃,駕車來到加州有名的十七公里景區的高爾夫球場進行球敘,來到球場大廳裡面已聚滿很多人,大家都盯著電視銀幕觀看恐攻相關消息,議論紛紛但也許是事發突然或是相隔太遠每個人表情上並沒顯著的驚慌,大多還是表現下場打球前的悠悠自在,由於天空的管制也因此在加洲么弟處多待了兩個星期。

Suddenly my phone was rang in the deep sleep which was a call from my wife, she spoke in a kind of hurry “there is a plane strike the twin tower in New York, have you seen it?”, I was just not conscious at the moment, looked at the watch it was about 5 o’clock in the morning then hang the phone unconsciously, but didn’t know how long the phone was ringing again, ” hey, there is the second plane strike the twin tower”, this time drove me awake, but I couldn’t get real conscious with only 2 hours sleep, I walked down the stairs to the side dining room by the kitchen, I asked my sister in law to turn on the TV set, an astonishing scenery of the heavy fire were on the twin tower with smoke, and then the tower were collapsed like been manually exploded, there were many unclear messages from the broadcasting, was that a terror attack or accidents? but it was really terrifying.

My brother And I drove to the famous 17 miles sightseeing compound for a golf gathering after the breakfast, there were already a gathering in the club building, many of them stared at the TV asking one another the details on what has happened in the twin tower, but people were all calm and relaxed, may be the distance is the answer to this situation.

Since the sky have been totally closed after, that I have stayed in San Francisco for another two weeks.

從那天已後大家已搞清楚是阿富汗蓋達恐怖組織發動的恐怖攻擊,前兩天(也就是二零零一年的九月九日)阿富汗民族英雄Massed也因蓋達及阿富汗塔利班政權的煽動被暗殺。

Since that day Sep.11 2001, people then known the terrorist units Al-Qaeda was the troublemaker of the attack, they also made an assassination of Shah Massed, the Afghan hero, together with the Taliban just 2 days ago on Sep.9 2001.

事件已過去二十年,從那以後美國聯合北大西洋組織(NATO)開始進兵阿富汗趕走了塔利班政權,並與其進行了長達二十年的鬥爭其中也誅殺了幕後策劃事件的蓋達組織的頭子賓拉登,此一事件的發生與許多經常旅行的人都發生各種不同的境遇,尤其是在事件中無辜犧牲性命的人,回想起來如果我是搭九月十一日一大早的美國航空班機(AA)班機,那也就隨著那些逝者一起成為歷史了,每每想起這件事心裡都倒抽一口氣,老天爺的眷顧是要我更珍惜生命吧。

The terror has been 20 years, the NATO troops opened the war with the Taliban since then and removed them from power and tried to established a democratic regime, the conflict remained for 20 years and the head of Al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden was also killed by American intelligent service during the long term conflict.

This event made many different stories for those frequent travelers, special sadly those innocent people scarified, when I recalled this event that if I took the AA flight next day in the early morning on the Sep 11th, then I have been become history now, I still feel terrified when recall it now, the God seems wants me to stay longer in this world and keep life more valuable.