Monday, September 11, 2006

Nine eleven

It's the fifth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. It's clearly a sad day of memories of that traumatic and tragic day. It's a day when we all will naturally think of and remember the lives lost and when we should probably take a moment to grieve for them and their loved ones.

And it's not like you could avoid it. While many have effectively moved on in the past five years, the date itself is a life long reminder. And every news outlet there is has put a lot of effort into remembering it. Today you'll see clips of Bush in NY , Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. and you'll hear him speaking again tonight.

I think it's good that we remember the victims and support their loved ones as they have to go through some of the pain again as we've hit another anniversary of this. Unfortunately what we'll end up having shoved down our throats is lots of "9-11 is why we must win in Iraq"
(despite that it's impossible to win there, it's bad and getting worse there, and that it actually has nothing to do with 9-11 and never did) and "we're safer today than we were five years ago" (which may be true, but we're nowhere close to being safe) and "Look what a good job we've done as an administration preventing any more attacks on U.S. soil" (which ignores the obvious point that this administration still holds the record for having the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil on their watch and in light of the whole 'If you're not with us, you're against us' makes you wonder why we're calling it good that in the last five years the terrorists have made major attacks on allies like Spain and England ).

I hope I'm wrong. I hope Bush and Co. can focus on the memories of those lost without trying to make this a political spin into their own agenda. But the last five years give me no reason to expect that. But I will be glad to post how wrong I was here tomorrow.

I'm also really curious to hear from ExPat. He's been out of the country for the last five years of 9-11's and not only is back, but is in D.C..