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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never forget

I thought I would pass on adding my voice to the wall of words marking the somber 10th anniversary of 9-11. Or maybe just reprise sentiments offered six years ago (or three years ago) that are still remarkably on point.

And while I applaud the focus on the families who lost loved ones, despite the valiant efforts of New York firefighters and other real heroes, I find myself asking again, even more urgently, how could a nation so united on 9-11-2001 become so broken on 9-11-2011?

How can the people who rail about deficits today forget they were rung up by a president who told Americans to go shopping rather than join together in common sacrifice to finance military action against the "evil-doer" who launched the plot?

How can we forget that the evil-doer was allowed to escape from Tora Bora, only to be brought to justice earlier this year by Seal Team 6 in the backyard of our Pakistani "allies."?

How can we forget that our national resources -- human and financial -- were then diverted from that quest to a search for non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in a vendetta against Saddam Hussein, an evil-doer to be sure but someone with no connection to 9-11?

How can we forget the divisiveness sown by a political party and supporters who preferred railing for Freedom Fries and against cheese-eating surrender monkeys who had expressed their solidarity with us on 9-12-2001?

How can we forget the truth that brought us to this sad state of division in a mere 10 years after one of the most tragic but unifying events in our history?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't forget that if Bill Clinton had done something after the Cole, 9-11 might never have happened.

September 12, 2011 4:59 AM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Stead said...

Everybody mocks Bush over saying that we should go shopping, live our normal lives, or the terrorists win.

But we had 5% unemployment and came out of that stock market crash, didn't we?

And spending money to create Homeland Security doesn't strike me as wasted money - it worked. In reality, it was merely replacing the money that Clinton siphoned away from the military as the Cold War was over and we had entered a time of worldwide peace - I think he called it 'spending the Peace Dividend'.

September 13, 2011 7:53 PM  

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