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Tomorrow is 9/11

Memory of 9/11 belongs in context with other unfortunate events in our history and the history of the world. It does not deserve to be beaten to death or used for political fodder in an election year.
Tomorrow is September 11th . I will toss my newspaper directly into the trash and I will not turn on the television or radio all day long. I will offer my own personal prayer to the families of those lost in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, whether employees, firefighters, or police but I do not think we are well served peeling this scab open each year or allowing politicians to co-opt the tragedy as those who screamed "Remember the Maine" did so many years ago. How many years will this go on?

It is appropriate to celebrate our Independence Day - commemoration of liberation and the birth of a nation. It is appropriate to honor our workers with Labor Day, and our veterans with Memorial Day. But if someone proposes a national holiday to honor the victims of 9/11, I will protest strenuously. Why should we continue to wail and bemoan our unfortunate experience as victim and target? What can it do but inspire hate and anger? What can it do but celebrate our status as victims?

Some may say, "Well, we celebrate Memorial Day to honor our fallen soldiers." It's not the same thing. Soldiers go into service to fight for a cause and they know that, among other things they may be required to do, they may die. The victims of September 11th did not go to work, assuming that one of the risks of their eight hours on the job would be death. They were VICTIMS.

Do we, as a nation, come together each year to commemorate the discovery of a vaccine for polio? To remember the fall of the Berlin Wall?

Certainly we should not forget tragedies such as the San Francisco Earthquake, the dropping of the bomb on Japan, the horrors of the concentration camps in Europe, but the point in remembering these things is to learn from them and move on, using the lessons learned, in order to make the world a better place, not to bitterly dwell upon them and use the event to flog an enemy we have not yet brought to justice.

Memory of 9/11 belongs in context with other unfortunate events in our history and the history of the world. It does not deserve to be beaten to death or used for political fodder in an election year.
NO " MOV'IN ON" just yet 10.Sep.2004 13:49

monster

There are too many troublesome aspects of the events on that day that require
much more from the american people than just the inclination toward denial and
"mov"in on".
If for no other reason than respect for those victims families who refused the
government hush money in an attempt to find truth, some of us; no, most us must
press the fight for a LEGITIMATE reconing of the facts surrounding that day.

why not just call it "2001"? 10.Sep.2004 17:28

"9/11" is just another day

9/11/01 was three years ago.

9/11/04 is just another day.

Isn't it time to start labeling the DayOfProbablyFakeTerror with the year as well as the month & day? Doesn't calling it "9/11" by itself, indefinitely, encourage the Idiot Vote in its implicit belief that the event was perpetually just a few months ago? -- going along with its beliefs that all Arabs are collectively responsible for it, etc. etc.?

Gone, But Not Forgotten 10.Sep.2004 17:48

Food for Thought

Thanks for the comment. You're right of course; we are not being allowed to forget it and are being given no alternatives to heal except to act like victims and give up more and more of our rights to privacy and peace of mind.

Glad to see that somebody else had a similar reaction. Are the rest of you going to park your butts in front of the TV and watch the planes fly into the towers a couple of dozen more times? How many times will be enough?

This is so sick and twisted.

Perhaps another day to ponder our conditioning and learn another way 11.Sep.2004 00:47

practice

A poem by Alice Walker, 2003:

PROJECTON

To start
You must divulge
Not a secret
But a thing
Not commonly
Known:

That at the back
Of each human's eyeballs
resides the image
Of a little child.

It is the world
Child
& it sits
There
Gravely, looking
Out
Of
Our
Eyes
Waiting
For us
To Understand.

So tell him this
First of all.
Then
when he says
Those Indians
Are remote
Savages, who do not deserve
Their own forest
Tell him: All the children of the Earth
Are perfect.

When he says: Those Germans
& their ovens
Tell him: Like clouds, or grains of sand,
all the children of
the Earth
Are perfect.

When he says
Those rotten Arabs
& their
Women in
Bedsheets
You tell him: All the children of the
Earth
Are perfect.

When he says
Those Chinese
& their
Femicide

You say: Like the feet of Jesus, the
eyelashes of
the Buddha, all the children of the
Earth
Are perfect.

It is our Life Work
To liberate across the planet
The world child
Who always
Lives
Behind
Our eyeballs
Imprisoned
In the only
Image(our own)
We can
(Sometimes)
See.


This poem expands to hold almost all countries and nationalities: When he says
Those Israelis and their
Concentration Camps
Those Americans and Their Genocide
Those Africans &
Their holocaust you still say: All the
children
Of the Earth
Are Perfect