In almost all chat forums, the biggest and most popular topic is the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
This topic can almost never be discussed without emotion. I have been watching the series of events on CNN minutes after it happened and thereafter.
To say that it is THE most horrifying event is still an understatement. Even as I sat thousands of miles away from where it happened, my heart was pounding. The fear and pain I felt then must have been magnified and multiplied a thousand times over by those who were there.
Yes, it is true America is under siege in a way. There are countries that hate America. There are those who blame America for supporting Israel. There are those who curse America for what had happened to Iraq, Vietnam, Iran, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
All these are political issues. To be a country as strong and as powerful as the United States is also to invite powerful feelings from others. Unfortunately, people who are poor, leaders who are insecure will sometimes find the biggest target.
It is also true, America has extended its hand of friendship to many across the globe. It has given help in so many forms across the decades. Sadly, human memories tend to be short. People sometimes prefer to remember the bad things.
I have fond memories of Americans. They came to my country decades ago in the form of Peace Corps volunteers. They left behind many happy memories. They made many friends.
Yes, they talked a bit louder than the others. They laughed very loud too but then so do we. That's why we all remain friends.
However, in recent years America has unfairly taken the brunt of a lot of charges levelled against her. I am not into politics but as a ordinary mortal, I know there are a lot of things said and done without basis. It is most unfortunate.
My friends and I used to talk about America and we always say: "You can say what you like about those Americans but whenever there are calamities anywhere in the world, they are among the first to be there to help."
Those who criticise America almost never showed up or the last to do so. Actions do speak louder than words.
The horror of attacks on America has moved all our hearts. The tears and church services have moved our souls. You are not alone in your hour of pain. We are there with you too in spirit. Certainly, you are not alone.
Many people the world over can understand America's anger. Some shudder at what America will do next. We all pray that peace will reign again, as it must.
In the end however, humans cannot do it alone. I am a bit old-fashioned so I say this time perhaps we should ask God for help.
America was founded on its firm belief in God. This evidence is clear and strong in the past few days in America. Let it be so.
We should do our best and let God take care of the rest.