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Thoughts On A Tragic Anniversary

September 11, 2011

Looking back, 10 years after the tragic events of 9/11, I can’t help but feel disappointment. Our actions have not lived up to the memories of those who died that day. We haven’t defended our freedom; we’ve given it up to an ever-growing national security state. We’ve lost 6,204 more American lives in wars, one which was needless and unjustified and another which we have allowed to continue for ten years despite questionable gains. Our wars have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and likely created more people who want to harm our country than they’ve killed. We have forgotten that the only thing to fear is fear itself.

Ultimately, this is on us – We the People – as self-governing citizens. We can place blame on Bush, Cheney, Obama, the military industrial complex or any other person or thing, but we live in a republic. We can choose how we understand the events of ten years ago and how they inform our actions.

I am proud today, despite our missteps, but I hope that I will feel more proud in ten years, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks. I hope that we will live in a more perfect union. It is up to us to make it so.

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