Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012


Like Pearl Harbor or Tienanmen Square, the events of September Eleventh will forever be in historical infamy.

Upon that day in 2001, the most insidious, unprovoked attack one group of human beings could initiate against another took place. Although occurring only within the national boundaries of just one country, it forever altered the countenance and politics of the entire world. A tragic event whose ramifications are still being felt and dealt with even now.

Upon the latest anniversary of that event, a lot will be discussed and rehashed within the various media outlets around the globe.

It is a given that we should remember our losses. The structures that were destroyed are slowly but surely being rebuilt. The memorial and museum will be open soon. The new Towers 1 and 4 should be ready for occupancy by this time next year; with Towers 2 and 3, as well as a new transportation hub, scheduled for completion in 2015.

But the lives unnecessarily extinguished between the initial attacks and latter events, as well as the brave men and women who gave up theirs while trying to assist the fallen can never be replaced. THOSE RESPONSIBLE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR NOT EXTENDING HEALTH COVERAGE TO THOSE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE! OTHERWISE, FIRST RESPONDER DEATHS FROM POST 9-11 COMPLICATIONS COULD BE LOWER!

Yet the biggest loss of all was of our innocence. This comes not from knowing that there are still those out there who hate just because others are different than themselves, but from discovering that they will stop at nothing when dealing with those that do not agree with their viewpoints on how the world should be. Osama Bin Laden might have been caught and duly executed for numerous war crimes against humanity, but sadly there are others fanatic enough who want to follow in his footsteps.

On this day, let us take a moment to pause and remember those who are no longer with us.

But when that moment is over, let us continue to do what we have been since September 12, 2001:
MOVING FORWARD towards a future where we remain vigilant, yet such inhumane acts become only a faint remnant of a distant nightmare.

Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-in-Chief of The Free Choice E-zine
September 11, 2012

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