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31 thoughts on “It’s 9/11”
How many years are we going to hear about this? While America continues to wage war elsewhere. How many Americans commemorate Atocha in Madrid or London?
We still hear about Pearl Harbor every year. Afraid this will go on for quite a while. Personally I’m sick of it and don’t care to relive the day, reexamine the pictures, see yet another movie or documentary about it. I marked the day. That’s as far as I’m willing to go, and farther than I originally intended.
But just out of curiousity, how soon would you forget the day if terrorists had crashed a couple of planes into Buckingham Palace, another into Westminster Abbey, and had a fourth plane headed for, say, the Tower of London? And they killed 3,000 of your countrymen in the process.
The Germans actually tried that during the ‘Blitz’ killing over 60000, non-military men women and children, when that didnt stop us they tried rockets galore. We never forgot, but I don’t think we dwelt upon it, there were more important things to distract us seemingly.
Yet somehow I still like the Germans. we English are a strange lot! XD
I certainly didn’t intend to diminish England’s terrible losses during the war, but I was thinking of attacks other than during a declared war. I do agree that the US has more compelling things to worry about than the events of 15 years ago.
I understood that from your very first paragraph PT, I wonder how many of your fellow countrymen feel the same, I suspect many. Methinks that once again the media in the US is at fault.
After a very short time I think that the senses stop the grieving, and even the rage to a certain extent, for most people; and for those not directly effected the rage diminishes to a personal anger, that something of that magnitude, was allowed to happen in the first place.
I know everyone is different, but I don’t understand public grieving — especially not year after year. It seems more than sufficient to me to just note the day, perhaps fly the flag as on other patriotic holidays, and move on. It’s been 15 years. How much is enough? When do the public memorial services stop?
Nether do I understand it, I suspect that there are those that enjoy wallowing in a form of self pity.The Flag at “Half Mast’ ’til noon I think is sufficient
The sooner they stop the sooner the grieving stops, if the grieving is sincere!
Lord Beari has pretty much summed up what I think. In essence mark it once, then move on, and learn from it instead of wallowing in martyrdom every flipping year. And I agree with the sentiments expressed by your reader in his letter too. This annual self-pity on 9/11 seems self-indulgent. If my relatives/friends/loved ones had died I would want to grieve privately and quietly. But, I’m British and we aren’t known for public displays of emotion 😉
I’m English myself although domiciled in Australia for the last 65 years, but still follow the stiff upper lip bit; my wife tells me that I’m a hard hearted fellow, but then she’s Australian.
There have been plenty of times I wished I had a stiffer upper lip.
Pretty awkward when trying to take a cuppa tea 🙂
This is paraphrased from a letter to the editor I sent yesterday:
Well said, and I agree. I’ve said before, as you have here, that ideology cannot be defeated by military might. We could kill every terrorist in the Middle East and still not rid the world of the ideas they promote. In fact, the more we kill, the more we confirm what they espouse — that the US is an evil satan trying to take over their world. We are (not were) a great nation, unique in the world. But exceptional? Better than everyone else? With some divine right, some manifest destiny, to impose our way of life, our type of government, our beliefs, on other nations? No! Such hubris is precisely why we are so hated in so many parts of the world.
:Pied… You and Jim seem to be more intelligent than the leaders we’ve elected for over 50 years. You’d think we could have elected someone less interventionist wouldn’t you? Oh yeah… sometimes someone like that runs, but they can’t be elected because parties are more important than those who represent them. Sad.
As long as we stand ready (and seemingly eager) to be the world’s policeman, the rest of the free world will be quite content to sit back and let us do it.
I believe it is a roll taken on unwittingly by the action of the United States politicians and presidents after the end of the Great War as it was known; and culminating in the Washington Treaty
It might have been unwitting then. It certainly hasn’t been unwitting in recent years.
Unfortunately they left you stuck with the roll; they were certainly not as smart or courageous as the “Founding Fathers”
Hate to be pedantic but “America is not only unique among nations” not quite correct, after all you’re using the language of another country, England because the United States does not have a unique language like the English do.
But we improved on it and made it ours … 😉
How can you improve on perfection? 😛
Yet for some reason it’s still English just like me XD
We can’t improve on you!
I shall refer this comment to my wife……….. O_o
Jim… The paper printed it… right?
Yes they did, Ima.
Hurray! They know good writing and rational thinking when they see it.
I’d like to think so too, but I was told by the editor (who’s a friend of mine) that she prints ALL letters that are fit to print. I assume that means reasonable grammar, spelling and syntax, and of course, making some kind of sense. Hard to get the big head in light of that. ; )
(Joplin has a resident population of only 50,000 although the weekend swells to 250,000.)
Amazing that a paper with a base that small is still hanging in there.