James Bone : “War comes to America” :

James Bone : “War comes to America” :

Kabul : Afghanistan | Aug 04, 2012 at 1:52 PM PDT
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In a six page article James Bone gave his report of the events which took place in New York on September-11-2001. Bone was in New York when the attacks took place “Those unfortunate to be closer to the collapse than I was vanished from view…” He gave an eye witness report, mingled with some sensationalism. He was there, that day and at that time “before my eyes, one of the world’s largest office buildings disappeared…”. He gave a step by step report of the collapse of the two towers “the sight of first one and then another 110- storey skyscraper crashing to extinction…” His article becomes more sensational in the way he wrote it “The twin towers soared so majestically over the Manhattan skyline…”

The writer glorifies New York. After all on the same day two other attacks also took place in the United States. The Pentagon was attacked and another United airlines flight was also hijacked, and crashed close to Camp David. Yet he did not give any information about those two incidents. In the way he writes, one would imagine such an attack on New York was impossible “I recognized something in the smell of the smoke and debris. For years, there have been threats, but this time Manhattan had become a war zone.” “The thriving often frantic island of Manhattan had been sealed off…”

Bone’s special attention for New York could be felt through the examples and the references he gives throughout the article. Previous attacks of substantial importance both on human and political level had taken place in the history of the United States. Pearl Harbour in 1945, and the Oklahoma city bombings which took place in April-1995. Yet Bone only referred to the 1993 World Trade Centre bombings. Bone’s reporting goes beyond sensationalism, he denotes himself by using the pronoun,”We”, there is a tone of solidarity which can not be ignored.

“We were all wrong, it turns out to believe all those reassurances after the first bombings in 1993, that the twin towers were built to withstand the full force of a commercial airliner.”

Even though the title is “ War come to America”, the last paragraph shows the journalist’s great concern for the future of New York .

“The political, and social geography of the city seems destined to change. Will fearful New Yorkers now retreat to their homes in fear of terrorists as they once did to avoid muggers? Will Wall Streeters decide that it is safer to telecommute? Will the World Trade Centre be left, like the bombed federal building in Oklahoma city, as an empty lot? Will this city ever regain its swagger and its vitality?”

rehan0098 is based in Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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