Many people are eloquently writing and speaking about the seventh anniversary of the hellish national nightmare we endured in our country. But shockingly, in some parts of the country, no one cares...in my local newspaper (the San Francisco Chronicle) there wasn't a single story honoring the fallen who were murdered September 11th 2001.
So I turn to Lawhawk, who has a somber accounting of then and now.a moving piece, updates on where we stand today, and links to other writers whom I admire.
"....Anyone who walks around Ground Zero in Manhattan would find people selling photos or books of the 9/11 attacks, along with photos of the day. I find that somewhat crass, but at the same time, it's important that people see what happened that day and not forget what happened. The further away from 9/11 we get, the more the details fade away. It is just too important to let that happen.
Then again, there are plenty of people who don't quite get what happened on 9/11 is a reflection of an ongoing war by Islamists against the US. They don't (as seen by comments here). It can be traced back to the the PLO hijackings of the 1970s, Iranian attack on the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979, and through to the Hizbullah bombing of the US Marine Barracks in 1983, the 1993 WTC bombing (which happened 15 years ago), and then the attacks on the US Embassies in Africa, the USS Cole, to say nothing of the dozens of terror attacks in between.
The failure treat the Islamist threat seriously convinced Islamic terrorist group leaders, including Osama bin Laden, that they could launch ever more audacious attacks to impose their view on the world - to force the US to leave its allies hanging and to enable the Islamists to establish dominion. It was only after 9/11 that the US responded to the Islamists' war on the US with the kind of vigor necessary to defeat the Islamists.
Al Qaeda and the Islamists disdain for non believers grew increasingly violent as they saw that they could attack and attack without repercussions. They saw that there were tremendous weaknesses in US will and security, and they took advantage of it, to deadly effect. Now, they have to spend more time watching their backs than plotting future attacks."