Aftermath and Remembrance

So today marks the 8 year anniversary of 9/11. But what few are speaking about, and is far too important not to acknowledge, is how “we” are dealing with the sordid aftermath and its productive remembrance.

Granted, nearly 3000 people died — not solely American citizens either, a statistic I heard this morning is, the tragedy involved individuals from a little more than 90 countries (92?) — that day, but what about the millions of people who have been, and continue to be, slaughtered, maimed, judged, and oppressed ever since? All in the name of mistakes — err, I mean “democracy” (read: revenge)?

That said, Rebecca Solnit wrote an oddly inspiring and an extremely profound piece, featured today (but originally appearing at, over at ZNet. Entitled “How 9/11 Should Be Remembered;

“The dead must be remembered, but the living are the monument, the living who coexist in peace in ordinary times and who save one another in extraordinary times. Civil society triumphed that morning in full glory. Look at it: remember that this is who we were and can be…”

Might I suggest you all wander over and take a peek?