Monday, September 11, 2006

Many refer to September 11, 2001 as "The Day Everything Changed," and for many, many people, everything did change. 3,000 people died. 30,000 rescue workers have been scarred or disabled. Thousands of families suffered losses. And the nation stood still that day. That day.

But the world spins on and in many ways, nothing changed. Our main presence in the Middle East is still military and the oil industry. Regardless of intention, a foreign military invasion is rarely welcomed by all, and a prolonged occupation does little to earn friendship. And I doubt the image of the oil companies is better there than it is here. If they rob their customers of service and their station owners of profit, I do not imagine they treat the people oppressed by their suppliers any better.

And though we look at the losses of 9/11 as tragic, just as many Americans have been killed by terrorists since then and we do our best to look away. Of the 40,000 first responders to the attack on the Towers, nearly 70% are paying the price for their determination and bravery. More than 60,000 are likewise paying as a result of our actions in a country recently confirmed to have no connection to those who attacked us.

So yes, let us take a moment to remember those hurt or lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001. But let us also think of the many more who have been slain or wounded in the years that followed and the families that continue to pay the price for our arrogance, ignorance, and apathy,

Mood = concerned

The Day Nothing Changed


  1. I don't watch TV much at all, but that withstanding, I didn't hear much talk or anything about the attacks today. I actually felt it was rather encouraging. Felt like we as a country were just going about business as usual. You wanna in a war on terror, that's a helluva way to do it.

    That and imprison the politicians immediately after they're elected (saves time).


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/12/2006 03:03:00 AM

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