Nine-Eleven ~ 9/11

So, here I am, at the library, try­ing to update my lit­tle web site with some new content…

Today is 9/11, and I walked down to Cam­bridge City Hall at 8:45 am for the cer­e­mo­ny hon­or­ing the vic­tims. My first reac­tion was to won­der just when the police were going to shut Mass Ave down to traf­fic– sure­ly any fit­ting memo­r­i­al would re-route traf­fic for such an occa­sion. The crowds were pret­ty sparse though, so I sur­mised that the police did­n’t deem it necessary.

Prob­a­bly only 50–75 peo­ple were in atten­dance, while maybe a hun­dred fire­men, police­men, politi­cians and oth­er dig­ni­taries faced the ‘crowd’, on the lawn. The may­or gave a lit­tle speech, there was the oblig­a­tory prayers, pledge of alle­giance, and nation­al anthem.

It all seemed so triv­ial to me, though. I feel like we’ve rehearsed this over and over again in the past year, and every­one is ready to deliv­er their lines. Maybe I’ve watched too much TV con­verge of the event over the past year, but I feel sus­pi­cious­ly numb when it comes to this day.

When I was last in New York, I did get to catch a glimpse of the suf­fer­ing and empa­thy that’s been on exhib­it at Ground Zero– That was tru­ly mov­ing. But, I also spied tourists tak­ing pic­tures of their fam­i­ly mem­bers in front of the ‘pit’, laugh­ing as if it were Nia­gara Falls behind them.

Con­tra­dic­tions abound today. The ter­ror­ists were com­plete­ly base­less and wrong to attack us, yet our gov­ern­ment is fool­ish­ly plan­ning to do near­ly the same thing to the peo­ple of Iraq. Here we go with the “moral equiv­a­lence” card, but seri­ous­ly– peo­ple in oth­er coun­tries (Europe, any­body?) view this as con­tra­dic­tious. I hap­pen to agree.

So, we need our allies– when will Cheney / Bush give us our proof that Iraq is bad? And what exact­ly is being done in Israel and the West Bank? Does any­one lis­ten to Col­in Pow­ell any­more? Jim­my Carter isn’t as kooky as peo­ple might be suggesting.

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