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Sunday, September 12, 2004

Did You Remember? 

Someone actually asked me yesterday whether I remembered that it was the 3rd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. More interestingly she asked whether I did anything special in remembrance. Honestly I didn't do anything special, because I haven't forgotten since that day. I didn't need a special day to remember, because the lessons of that day are pretty well ingrained in my brain. That's not to say that doing anything special, having a moment of silence, having a tribute is bad... of course not.

Of course a lot of what you see as far as memorials go seem to defy the fact that they were terrorist attacks. When you hear people talking about it, those words don't come out very often any more. I'm hearing more and more often things like the 9/11 tragedy. While it was obviously tragic, that seems to deflect attention from what caused the tragedy. I think more and more lately people want to think of what happened that day like you think of a hurricane in Florida... some sort of natural disaster.

The History Channel the last couple of days have been playing the whole thing pretty hard. They replayed a piece they did last year on the World Trade Center... talking about it's history, how it was built, and deconstructing it's demise... seemingly rivet by rivet. What struck me was that it seemed like they were saying that if the insulation hadn't blown off the steel, that if the sprinklers hadn't of failed, maybe the buildings would have stood, and lives saved. Wrong. If terrorists didn't crash airplanes into the buildings, lives would have been saved... let's never forget that fact.

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