I am deeply moved by this photo and any image of those who responded to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. I feel the same deep gratitude for soldiers who have gone off to fight the Global War on Terror and a tremendous loss when I hear of their casualties and difficulties after giving more than I will ever possibly give to defend my right to live in a free and prosperous society where I am only limited by what I decide I will and won’t do.
The objective of the acts of terror on 9/11/2001 was to symbolically and physically destroy the representations of power and wealth in America by smashing planes into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon Building and the White House with the goal of undermining American economy, security and lifestyle. In the days that immediately followed, theoretically the objectives succeeded: the stock market closed for a week, the skies were empty for days, Americans were reeling from coordinated acts of hatred that resulted in enormous loss of life on American soil. But in far greater ways those intentions failed: America united. Before the end of the day on September 11, 2001 we decided that the attack of hatred against the United States would bring us together.
How is it that after ten years it 9/11 is represented as an Official Day of Mourning? I know how politically incorrect this is but someone has to say it. We are wallowing in a funeral state and have indoctrinated a generation of Americans that this is how we deal with disaster. Ten years later, almost everyone over the age of five knows exactly where they were and what they were doing at 8:46 a.m. eastern time. Ten years later we have showed those who weren’t alive how to stay in a moment of grief and loss instead of forging a life of strength, courage and initiative in the face of incredible adversity.