Thursday, September 11, 2014

On Never Forgetting.

To me, this is not an Either/Or day. It is a Yes/And day.

Yes, thousands of innocent lives were murdered on September 11, 2001. And, yes, thousands more innocent lives were murdered in the retaliating wars that followed.

Yes, those planes were highjacked by religious extremists. And, yes, this country is highjacked by religious extremists.

Yes, people argue U.S. war-waging was justified. And, yes, as a country, the U.S. has done much (around the globe and domestically) to provoke war-waging against it.

Yes, New York City will never be the same. And, yes, the Middle East will never be the same.

Yes, Islam is a peaceful religion. And, yes, Christianity (can be) a peaceful religion.

Yes, the 2,977 lives lost on September 11 matter. And, yes, the 16,725–19,013 civilian lives lost in the aftermath matter.

Yes, war is not the answer. And, yes, war is not the answer.

So if by "Never Forget," you are asking me to remember only a fraction of history, to honor only a fraction of humanity, I am not in solidarity with you.

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