11 September 2006

11th September, 2001/2006

This is the full text of a blog entry that I wrote in my MySpace blog to-day on the fifth anniversary of 11th September, 2001.

The opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone, and I don't expect anyone else to either share nor agree with them.

11th September, 2001/2006
Category: News and Politics

Yesterday and earlier this morning, I was thinking of what best to say to commemorate this day, and what happened five years ago on this very day.

My answer???? This: to-day belongs to the victims, living and dead, of the hi-jackings and mass murders that happened on 11th September, 2001, their families, friends and associates, as well as to all those who died, have been wounded, or have suffered as a result of the various events in the five years following those events.

They don't belong to anyone else, me, you, Joe Blow, Sally Snow, this current Administration, nor anyone who didn't suffer a loss, either directly or indirectly as a result of everything outlined above.

This is THEIR day to grieve and to mourn, just as is every other day, and we've no right to intrude our various agendas, personal, political, what have you, upon their grief.

If we can do something, anything, at all for those people, it is to simply say that we are sorry for their losses and for the pain that they've had to endure.

Our view-points are simply immaterial and irrelevant to the story at hand here.

If we can't do anything for the victims and their loved ones, we should at least commemorate the day and its events quietly, in the privacy of our own homes and souls, maybe light a candle in the privacy of our homes, think on what happened on 11th September, 2001, and why it happened, and thusly resolve to change our lives and actions so that something like that doesn't happen again.

Forget the flags and ceremonies. They aren't for you, if you've not suffered the loss of a loved one on that day, nor afterwards, and they aren't appropriate to the occasion.

Finally, if we can't do anything else for the victims and their families, we should at least leave them decently alone, so they can cope with their losses, their memories and their pain without our intruding on them.

May the souls of those who died on 11th September, 2001 and afterwards rest in peace, may their families, friends and associates find some sort of peace and the strength to cope with the pain of their losses, and may we learn how to better conduct ourselves in the world as a result.

That is all I have to say on this subject.

That really is pretty much it on the subject for me. Anything else on my part, I think, would be exploitation of those who died on that day, their families, friends and associates, and of those who died in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world as a result of the events and their loved ones.

May all of their souls rest in peace.

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