One last look back at a terrible day
silicates and cancer- causing asbestos. But the federal government, eager to reopen Wall Street and restore order, assured us all that there was nothing to worry about.
We now know, thanks to the largest it offered.
So shell-shocked were we at what happened to us that we couldn’t see beyond our borders or appreciate the challenges of our allies or our enemies, for that matter.
We looked inward rather than outward, and sadly, did exactly what our president asked us to do. Kept shopping. Not conserving. And certainly not sacrificing. Most of us, myself included, have given up nothing except, of course, a few treasured constitutional freedoms. The burden of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are borne by only a tiny fraction of us who heroically soldier on. We can do so much better than this. As an opponent of the war in Iraq, I would hate to see a national draft, yet I think there is something to be said for compulsory national service like the Peace Corps, Job Corps or the military. We need something that demands a commitment from the majority, not minority, of us.
This anniversary is important. But we can dwell too much on what hurts us and threatens us and not enough on the things that could make us more independent, more resourceful, and strong.
And so, for my small part, I will never forget what happened on Sept. 11. But I think it’s time I quit talking about it.