All Worked Up About 9/11 and Not Sure Where to Go With It

Posted on September 7, 2011


Politicians have spent weeks and months positioning themselves for the memorial services to be held across the land this next 9/11.  Who will be included; who will not be.  Blessedly, we have not been subjected to too many viewings of the direct  hits on the twin towers.  It still is like watching a horror film.  There is an unreality about it the mind refuses to embrace.  So we prepare and we remember and then what?

In looking back over the past 10 years, what have we learned?  Medically we learned today that we can never know the true mix of gases and other debris that first responders inhaled that day – gases that must have, with the ashes and other debris, contributed to their high rate of cancer.  The gasses and some of the dust dissipated before it could be analyzed. It is another overwhelming sad fact.  But where are the lessons from this tragedy that make emerging from it easier?  Nowhere.

Retributive justice took us first to Afghanistan and then into Iraq.  We had to keep militant Islam from the homeland so we sent masses of men and women from here overseas to fight the so-called perpetrators there.  Nowhere in any of this did we establish national public forums or institutes or other bodies to discuss and try to assess what led to the disaster of the day.

It seems that we have simply been reactive for the past 10 years.  Nowhere has there been a real initiative to make a highly visible move in a positive direction with regard to the Muslim world  in the Middle East.

There was one highly visible “incident” and that was Obama’s first address to the Muslim world from Cairo followed this year by another – neither of which measured on the political Richter scale.  Like the Arab terrorists, he strikes in the same spot until he thinks he has got it right.  So where does this leave us exactly – aside from a few memorial services?

What the al Qaeda pilots started, Wall Street crooks completed – bringing the US to its financial knees.  More effort has been put into business as usual both here and in the Middle East that there can be no movement forward, up and out of the dynamics that now appear to have entrapped us.  We continue to curry the favor of guard Arab governments, many of which have fallen victim to the Arab Spring.

It’s a chilling fact that we don’t seem to get away from invading countries there – Libya, the mission to Pakistan to take out Osama B.  With a vacuum of leadership from the west, many experts on the Middle East expect a regional war there sooner rather than later.  And hundreds of years from now, could it be that we and not the Arabs will be credited with having started it by taking  several wrong turns in reaction to 9/11/2001?

This 9/11, American citizens realize as never before that we no longer have leadership that can save us.  We have to save ourselves.  We need to break free of our national depressive malaise and rededicate ourselves to the memory of the people who died that day on both sides – all needlessly.  Somehow, we have to determine a course and take baby steps to reach a “somewhere” that approximates stated goals.

Start thinking fellow Americans.  Start connecting dots and sharpening distance vision.  It will be a long road ahead.  Crank up the town hall meetings and protests – the stock and trade of American Patriots for centuries.  Let the world know we are alive with ideas and renewed purpose.