The Tragedy of 9/11
This morning I awoke to a loud boom. Somewhere in Indianapolis, two loud detonations were timed to coincide with the times that the two airliners struck the twin towers ten years ago.
My wife and I discussed it briefly. We agreed that a dignified memorial is appropriate, but dislike the ashes and sackcloth atmosphere of this past week. I told her that my major complaint focused on all the referrals to the tragedy of 9/11.
The United States of America was attacked on 9/11/2001 in a blatant act of war.
The World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 were not damaged in an earthquake or a hurricane. A group of 8th century barbarians used our own good natures against us. Nineteen men with box cutters were able to hijack four passenger aircraft simply because our society with a false premise, had established rules and procedures requiring compliance with criminal demands (give them what they want and they’ll leave you alone). The passengers of flight 93 had sufficient warning to realize the error of this thinking and sacrificed their lives to thwart the evil intentions of these savages.
The destruction of the World Trade Center was not a tragedy.
The destruction of a portion of the Pentagon was not a tragedy.
The loss of Flight 93 was not a tragedy.
The tragedy of 9/11 is the empty hole that remains in New York City because 21st century Americans can’t muster the will to rebuild.
The tragedy of 9/11 is that we require American citizens to submit to humiliation and sexual assault in order to fly in an airplane.
The tragedy of 9/11 is that we still elect government officials that insist that American citizens submit to evil and hope that criminals will be benevolent enough to allow us to escape with our lives.
My feelings on 9/11 aren’t sadness and loss.
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