Twelve Years On

(I drafted this post last night but a bad cold knocked me out before I could post it.)

There’s not much to say about 9/11 that hasn’t been said. My tradition, since a year after, has been to call and talk to people I care about, to get in touch with friends I haven’t heard from in a while and to spend time with my family. There are many lessons from 9/11. The most important is the basic goodness and courage of the American people, who charged into burning buildings and fought hijackers in mid-air. But another is that we can lose people suddenly and awfully — to sudden illness, to accidents, to senseless acts of violence.

A generation of children are growing up to whom the “post-9/11″ world is normal. We have always been at war somewhere, TSA has always groped us and the President has always listened in on our telephone calls. How long are we going to go down this path? Until everyone thinks this is the way the world is?

In the meantime, I recommend some reading:

Popehat‘s ten-year anniversary post is always worth your time.

A letter from a 9/11 widow to her husband.

An interesting story about the photo of the man falling from one of the towers.

Those last two are hard reads.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    Every time I revisit 9/11 I want to rain down nuclear fire on the people that did this, and those that supported and/or sheltered them, until the very land they lived on is uninhabitable for the next 5 million years.

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  2. AlexInCT

    A generation of children are growing up to whom the “post-9/11″ world is normal. We have always been at war somewhere, TSA has always groped us and the President has always listened in on our telephone calls. How long are we going to go down this path? Until everyone thinks this is the way the world is?

    That this is happening and so many are apatheric to it going on, way to many because it is their guy doing it, so all is good, already tells me this is how things will be until we rid ourselves of these credentialed elite masters we have put in charge of our house of cards. It is a sad world we are leaving our children.

    BTW, the comment about being at war somehwere while true, is because of our own fault. This enemy wants this war, and they brought it to our shores. Until we accept that and fight them to win, whatever we must do, we will have to live with the current status quo. My fear is that they will sooner than later get the upper hand and then things will have to get real ugly (or uglier than it has been at it’s ugliest) for us too.

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    A generation of children are growing up to whom the “post-9/11″ world is normal. We have always been at war somewhere, TSA has always groped us and the President has always listened in on our telephone calls.

    What a difference 12 years and a HUGE progressive push make…

    An example of doublethink in George Orwell’s novel 1984. The totalitarian government of Oceania is constantly at war with one of the other two totalitarian superpowers that dominate the world: Eurasia and Eastasia. The objective is not to win the war, but to maintain a constant state of war in order to keep its citizens under control. When it is at war with Eastasia, the government declares that it has always been at war with Eastasia, that its people are an eternally hated enemy that must be destroyed. When the sides change, the same thing is said about Eurasia. It is considered every patriotic citizen’s duty to believe both statements are true.

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