SHARING THOUGHTS: Two US disasters, the current pandemic and 911 – a decade apart; the world’s response – light years apart. No commentary required.

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“Dear Dr. Garrison, it seems not believable that such event could take place in US. I hope that while the historic twin towers of America could be collapsed, the freedom and democracy cannot fall down. The United States is still the main country that can spread the freedom and democracy to all around the world. At the end, I wish you and all Americans having happiness forever. Hopefully, good acts will win the sin.”

Sincerely, Nareth Phnom Penh, Cambodia. September 2011

“And if Trump wins a second term? Any nation can make a mistake once, elect a bad leader once. But if Americans choose Trump again, that will send a clear message: We are no longer a serious nation. We are as ignorant as our thoughtless, narcissistic, ignorant president is. Don’t be surprised if the rest of the world takes note of that, too. The Rest of the World Is Laughing at Trump. The president created a leadership vacuum. China intends to fill it.”

Anne Applebaum, Staff writer at The Atlantic. May 3, 2020

Published by Carole J. Garrison

I’m a conversationalist, an observer, a passionate participant in life. And now, in my later years, I’m a recorder of the lessons of my life through essays, stories, and novels. I live in the fourth moment of life, just outside the normal distribution of most people and it is from this place that I write.

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