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Ten years after September 10, 2011

Posted by Peeps in random stuff.
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No, not these guys.

It’s been ten years.  Ten years since the country we live in changed forever.  And not for the better.

I would like you to think for a moment.  After all, this should be a time of reflection.

In 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked without warning.  In the days following, this country pulled together.  And, with great resolve, entered a war.  Which we won.  Decisively.  And we paid back the people who had attacked our country.  In considerably less than ten years.  And we as a nation moved on.

And now to the present day.  There is still not a building where the Towers stood.  Anyone who wants to travel by plane has to undergo severe amounts of indignity in the name of security.  We’ve been involved in a “war on terror” in two countries that has not only not actually ended, but looks as though may never end.  Certainly not decisively.

We have faltered.  That’s nothing unusual.  We as a nation have done it before and will do it again.  But instead of taking the spirit of national unity that developed right after the attacks and focusing it for the good of the country, it was torn apart by people trying to use that day to further their own agendas.

A lot of innocent people died that day.  A lot of very brave people died as well.  Was it all for nothing?

I was not in New York that morning.  But what I remember from that day came mostly from my view out of a window and not a television screen.  Which tends to make it a little more personal.

I must confess something, though.  A small part of me is very afraid.  Afraid of someone doing something on Sunday.  To drive their “lesson” home.  Or to gloat. Or something even more twisted.  Because even more than the loss of more lives, the thing I don’t want to happen is making attacks on this country the opportunity for sound bites and political maneuvering and finger pointing.

I do not want to see this country drawn further down than in already is.  The implications are too much to think about.

So, this weekend remember what happened.  Remember those who fell.  And remember why.  And pray that it’s not going to happen again.

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Comments

1. judy - September 10, 2011

Powerful words Peeps. You certainly are not alone in your thoughts and words. Thank you for sharing yours. Stay safe.

Peeps - September 12, 2011

I try to always stay safe. I’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years. Thanks.

2. sjbraun - September 11, 2011

Yes, I’m feeling a little antsy this morning as well. Toy Lady made your point as well on my blog — about the comparison between now and Pearl Harbor, the way we rebuilt and picked up again then, vs. the wallowing indecisiveness now. I’d never thought of it like that, but now that I do — you’re right. It’s sad.

Peeps - September 12, 2011

She was the one who came up with the Pearl Harbor analogy, I was just agreeing with her. She’s very smart.


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