Thursday, September 14, 2006

On 9/11

Fortunately, I do not have any friends, relatives or even acquaintences killed or injured in the attacks. I merely spent the day, like everyone else, completely terrified. I guess I was lucky that way.

We've all seen the remembrances of the 9/11 victims over the past few days. Five years and three days ago were the attacks. Five years ago was my nineteenth birthday, also the national day of mourning. Suffice to say, it wasn't the best birthday.

Now, five years later, my 24th proves to be a little more pleasant. However, the victims have still not yet been completely honored. Their sacrifice has so far gone in vain.

Why, in a country where we prosecute petty criminals to the fullest extent of the law, is catching the worst perpetrator of mass murder in U.S. history "not a priority?"

Why are we fighting a war for unknown reasons against a country that had no role in the attacks?

Why do we refuse to fully support the men and women fighting in that war, either when they are overseas or when they return?

Why is border and airport security still radically insufficient?

Why are our ports still completely vulnerable?

Why are our intelligence services bogged down by politics and bureaucracy?

Why do we continue to act belligerent towards the entire world, including our allies?

Why are the attacks being used as justification for the largest breach of personal liberty in U.S. history?

Why are the attacks and the victims constantly used for political gain?

Five years later, the victims are still being disgraced. Until we stop using them for poltical benefit and make real reforms to protect our country, then they will continue to be disgraced. What good is their sacrifice when we don't take a single real step towards making our country and the world safer?

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