Friday, September 9, 2011
9-11, We must never forget
Watching the images on TV as people were so desperate they dove to their deaths from the windows of the Trade Towers was horrific. Seeing the buildings come down, knowing the firemen and police officers that were in there was heartbreaking. As the events unfolded in the following few hours and over the next several weeks was sobering.
However, since then the politics and prejudices have slowly flowed back into the norm. We don’t think about it as much. Society decided not to show the images of people jumping from the buildings because all that it would do is continue to “anger” us. I think maybe we need to stay just a bit “mad”. I am not saying that we need to walk around in fear and worry every day. In fact I feel the opposite. We need to stay a little mad and keep it in our minds that we are never going to let this happen again. If you get punched in the mouth by somebody, you don’t walk around in fear of that person. However, I think you always harbor that thought and make damn sure you don’t let them have another shot at you.
People complain they are inconvenienced at the airport because of security checks. I wonder if any of the people on those 4 planes would gripe because of a little longer wait in the security line. People complain that “water boarding” and other types of interrogation techniques are inhumane and cruel. I think taking loaded planes and flying them into buildings is a little on the cruel side. It would be impossible for me to care less if 5000 people are “water boarded” to save a single American life. We need to remain vigil in our fight.
It is not just for us, but for those who come after us. I wonder sometimes if we have the stomach to do it. It is not easy nor is it pleasant. But it is necessary. We must never forget.
Posted by Dennis T. McHawes at 8:26 AM