Yesterday, as I checked in with Facebook to see if my DIL Heather had posted any pictures of my grandsons, I was horrified to read that Belgium had been the target of 2 terrorist attacks. They have now linked the attackers there to the same evil people who carried out the sickening attacks in Paris. We here in America know the terror that comes with such cowardly attacks, having experienced the attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the courageous men on the plane that stopped yet another plane from hitting it's target, the White House and the Boston Marathon bombing. I have a family member that was in New York when the World Trade Centers were hit and narrowly missed being a possible victim herself on that fateful day, having been staying at a hotel right down near ground zero that took a heavy hit. She lived through the terror of it all. My father was also in mid flight on a business trip when all that happened and was one of thousands of people who's planes were forced to land at the nearest airport as the skies were closed to all air traffic. When they landed at the airport, they saw the carnage on TV and sadly, my father saw the buildings where he had business associates and friends in flames and later collapse. He learned later that some of those people did not survive and helped set up scholarships for the children of those victims. He and the rest of the people in his group were stranded on the mainland and unable to get home to Hawaii until they once again opened the airspace again.
Our son Josh traveled to both Paris and Brussels on business and our son Jaysn also was blessed to travel to Paris with Josh for pleasure. Josh fell in love with both cities with their rich history and amazing architecture. I saw an interview with a family that had a son that was injured in the attacks and had just narrowly missed being injured in Boston Marathon bombings, having just left the area where those bombs went off minutes later. The parents did not know the extent of their son's injuries and had not been able to talk to him yet. My heart went out to them because I thought, that could have been me if my sons had been there, and with Josh's job a few years ago, he could have easily been in either Paris or Belgium when they were attacked. I am so thankful that by the end of the interview, they got a call from their son and the father said he would be taking a plane to Paris to be with him.
These cowardly terrorists do not think for themselves, They blindly follow "pure evil" believing that they will be rewarded with 12 virgins upon their death. It has been proven that many of them are on drugs to "give them courage" to carry out their suicide missions. Our world is becoming a scarier and scarier place with these horrible people carrying out these cowardly acts. So many innocent people have lost their lives or have been injured both physically and emotionally by these attacks. It is just pure evil and hate that drive these terrorist to do what they do.