Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11

I do not fell comfortable writing about what happened seven years ago. Some people need to commemorate, mourn, and constantly remember in their own minds what happened. I do not. What happened to me on that day stayed on that day, and I will not reveal anything more about it. Anyone living in this country went through the same experience.

What bothers me still is that it happened seven years ago, and yet it continues to be exploited and used for the worst political ends, going to war, first in Afghanistan and then Iraq. The Iraq war alone has cost the lives of over 4,000 Americans and 80,000-250,000 Iraqis. That is what we should remember. The people who abused that day for something that had nothing to do with the original act, and who will in the end retire to the sunset, with their multimillion dollar book deals, and finely orchestrated public appearances, while the families of the thousands murdered by the policies of our executives and lawmakers end up with nothing. So, the next time you see one of them talking about remembering this day, just remember this. Your every phone call is being cataloged by the NSA, your every move potentially monitored based on the assumption of some legally brain dead law enforcement bureaucrat, and your sons and daughters sent to a place where the surviving instigators of the attack are nowhere near. A crime on top of a crime.

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