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Digest for September 11th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 11th from 17:06 to 17:30:

  • Greg Mitchell: Losing a Friend on 9/11 — And the Losses Since – It's always amazed me how so many people out in Middle America — and so many politicians — could invoke 9/11 to sell or accept war, torture, wiretapping and all the rest yet the citizens most opposed to all of those measures had experienced 9/11 and the human loss more than anywhere else, here in the New York area. Now even more families mourn even more lives lost in Iraq. One reason most New Yorkers opposed that war: We actually had more reason than others to learn about the facts of the attack and who did it to us.
  • denialism blog : Another anniversary – I fear for this anniversary. Like everyone else, my memories of 9/11 are vivid. It is a shared experience for Americans, but as time goes on, it is losing its shared meaning. Some of this meaning will, I'm sure, continue to be shunted into political ends, even more so with the election coming up. I have no interest in 9/11 "Troofers", the conspiracy theorists who have all kinds of outlandish ideas about the attacks. I don't need them—the real truth is more frightening.
  • Paul Rieckhoff: Seven Years Later: Why Is There Still A Hole at Ground Zero? – New York is the city I love most in the world. I lost friends on 9/11. I pulled bodies from the rubble there. I, along with almost two million other troops, were sent to war because of what happened there. And I am sick and tired of walking and driving by it and seeing a stalled construction site.
  • Steve Rosenbaum: The 9/11 Generation – I don't remember JFK's assassination. I have a dim memory of watching a blurry TV when we took our first step on the moon. But on 9/11 I can tell you precisely where I was, what I was doing, and what I thought and felt. So can you. You and I are members of the 9/11 Generation. Your children and children's children will think of you that way.
  • Can Any Candidate Clean Up Bush’s Massive Post 9/11 Mess? | ForeignPolicy | AlterNet – The events of the past seven years have yielded a definitive judgment on the strategy that the Bush administration conceived in the wake of 9/11 to wage its so-called Global War on Terror. That strategy has failed, massively and irrevocably. To acknowledge that failure is to confront an urgent national priority: to scrap the Bush approach in favor of a new national security strategy that is realistic and sustainable — a task that, alas, neither of the presidential candidates seems able to recognize or willing to take up.
  • 9/11…Seven Years Later | culturekitchen – Seven years ago today, I was sitting in the same place, the NYU medical center (though a different part of the building). It was here in the NYU medical center that I heard the planes hit the WTC and wondered what those sounds were. It sounded like exactly like a semi-truck going too fast down the highway and hitting some bumps…that is what the 9/11 attacks sounded like. I looked up both times I heard that noise, looked out over the FDR highway and East River of NYC, saw nothing but the usual traffic, thought nothing more about it. It was only much later that I realized I had heard the planes hit. My wife was under the WTC in the subway when the first plane hit. She knows this because the people who got on the next stop were in shock, in tears…they had just seen it happen. Not on TV, not hearing it second or third hand. They had just seen a jumbo jet slam into the WTC…live. My wife was among the first to know it happened because she heard about it from witnesses who were getting the hell out of there.
  • The Bilerico Project | 9/11 Remembered: A Flight Attendant’s Story – It all started normally enough. The crew of 6 (four flight attendants and two pilots) met for the early morning flight, expecting a short trip to Tampa and back. The plane was full of people, mostly bleary-eyed from having to make it to the airport on time. We did a quiet, low-key service, chatting with the few passengers who were awake, then went to our respective galleys to rummage up some breakfast for ourselves. Then it happened.
  • Pam’s House Blend:: Remember – So many lives lost in an act of terrorism, so many more lives lost in an unnecessary military action that had nothing to do with that day of horror.
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Remembering 9/11 and Moving Forward – It is not simply 9/11 that needs to be remembered. We also need to remember the politicization of 9/11 and the polarizing narrative which followed, locking us into endless conflict, a war on terror which has wrought further terror worldwide and which has severely damaged our standing worldwide as an honorable, compassionate nation. As we were all victims of 9/11, so we have become victims of the interpretation of 9/11. Our government's external response to 9/11 was to attack a nation which did not attack us. Indeed on the first anniversary of 9/11, the Bush administration issued a well-publicized stern warning to Iraq which was part of a campaign to induce people to believe Iraq had something to do with 9/11.
  • at-Largely: It’s 9/11! Bring On the Death Porn! – As a New Yorker, while that day and weeks and months that followed will always be with me, I'd long grown numb from the Bush administration's and Republicans Party's branding of 9/11 for their own despotic aims: an America in which democracy has been gagged, waterboarded and renditioned to a dank faraway cell for its own protection, while our "heroic" protectors of freedom fight against a noun — terror — and something that's been around since the dawn of time — terrorists. For a brief moment, however, during the Republican National Convention's "9/11 tribute" film, I was viscerally reminded of the lengths to which our current leadership will go to terrorize their own citizens into handing over their liberties for another four years. I watched the towers fall again, that deceptively blue sky, the dust and smoke and people running for their lives. An impeccably edited piece of GOP death porn.
  • Robert Koehler: An Embedded Prayer – Do we know yet that we must move, as a nation, to a new dimension of discourse and understanding, not just politically but in all ways? Do we know yet that there is no security in militarized fear? I would wish, at least, for a president, and a media, who understand this and have the courage (the faith) to stand up to the institutional interests that thrive on such fear. Without this, we have . . . the war on terror.
  • Open Left:: 9/11: Citizenship, Service and Politics Matter – The greatness of America is that we can fight over this day, over the sacrifice and the shame. The challenge of America is that it will take a real accounting of what our leaders have done in our names. It's not the exploitation of fear that is wrong; fear is a powerful motivator and in some ways it is always the motivation behind how humans behave. It's not the politicization of national security that was wrong, politics never stopped at the water's edge, that was a fantasy held by irresponsible Democratic politicians. It is the sheer theft and murder made explicitly tolerable by George Bush and his Republican mafia, and the enablers in the press and in some parts of the Democratic party. And when you juxtapose that with the greatness of those public servants – teachers, doctors, soldiers, diplomats, police – and their sacrifice for our rights as Americans and as humans, it becomes clear that the meaning of 9/11 is that politics and citizenship matters.
  • New Statesman – Our murderous comedy of errors – Try to laugh, please. The news is now officially parody and a game for all the family to play.

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