As we prepare to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we will be called to remember. Remember those who died on the two planes used in the attacks on the World Trade Center, those on the plane used on the attack on the Pentagon, and those who died on the aborted attack on the White House by crashing their plane in Pennsylvania. Remember those who died in the World Trade Center towers and in the Pentagon. Remember the rescuers who risked their lives in the World Trade Center. Remember the soldiers who gave their lives in Afghanistan seeking for Osama bin Laden and those in cahoots with the 9/11 terrorists just after the attacks took place.
Yes, we must remember. However, I say we remember a pre-9/11 America. An America that was open and allowed anyone to enter her shores-regardless of religion or political views. Remember an America that believed in upholding the virtues of the Constitution by upholding freedom and liberty, rather than “security”. An America that wasn’t spouting jingoistic jargon like, “God bless America,” and “never forget”. An America that included Muslims and mosques instead of demonizing them. An America before two unnecessary wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that produced nothing but dead servicemen, servicewomen, and countless innocent civilians. An America that ran on a fiscal surplus rather than a deficit.
In the days ahead, as we remember our 9/11 dead, hear our speeches, see our documentaries, and virtually relive that dreadful day, let us remember our nation before September 11, 2001.
While we still can remember. Peace.