First, for my son Russell, who turns 40 on September 11, 2016, I've always said there had to be an incredible amount of joy and humanity to remember on other September 11th's to make the pain and vivid memories of September 11, 2001, a bit less horrible to bear. Looking back on giving birth to my son and giving thanks to God for the husband and father he has become makes my memories wild with divergent emotions.
Somehow turning 9-11 and the Jewish Holocaust into cottage industries just doesn't seem quite right.
Some good reading and video for a 911 Sunday afternoon.
It was my parents' wedding anniversary, 1949.
Lest we forget:
September 11, 1973 was the day that the peoples of Chile saw their president brutally assassinated by a CIA coordinated coup de tat and their government supplanted by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, a brutal butcher and murderer worthy of the company of his American champion Henry Kissinger.
Salvador Guillermo Allende Gossens 26 June 1908 – 11 September 1973) was a Chilean physician and politician, known as the first Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through open elections.
Allende's involvement in Chilean political life spanned a period of nearly forty years. As a member of the Socialist Party, he was a senator, deputy and cabinet minister. He unsuccessfully ran for the presidency in the 1952, 1958, and 1964 elections.
In 1970, he won the presidency in a close three-way race. He was elected in a run-off by Congress as no candidate had gained a majority.
As we remember the atrocity that took place on 09-11-01 in the US let us also never forget what was done in our name by the US CIA to the peoples of Chili on Sept 11, 1973.
I find all of this ceremony and rememberance around 9/11 as rather unique and specific to the United States of America through its Government. All Countries have suffered tragedies of one sort of another , but few will have ceremonies around them as a Nation for the next decade and more.
The USA still has a Pearl Harbor day ceremony.If you go to CNNs homepage almost every second article headlined is about 9/11
It instructive as to the events they choose to commemerate. The Alamo yes. Pearl Harbor yes. 9/11 yes.
Wounded knee no. Waco no. The Tulsa Race riots no.
It apparent to me these days of reflection are intended to keep the hate against the other alive and an attempt to ensure that the other, those foreign nations that are out to "Get Americans because they hate us for our freedoms" , remain front and center in the thoughts of Americans. This in turn helps to ensure that perpetual war machine keeps going, grinding the lives of millions the world over into dust to "keep Americans safe and free".
To your final thoughts on the continuing commemoration of 09/11/01; l say with all due respect, " Well, duh, Captain Obvious ".