It is three days after the anniversary of 9/11 and media all over the country, including The Wichita Eagle is still printing and broadcasting articles about it. So how long does this memorializing last. While they have had several young people who lost fathers and other relatives in 9/11, a few have said it is time to get on with things and stop showing the collapse of those buildings over and over. Maybe they have a point.According to The Wichita Eagle celebrations have included the releasing of white doves Sunday morning at the Kansas Firefighters Museum and at Derby’s High Park, volunteers cleaned up the trash as a part of a Derby Public Works’ National Day of Service.
Lots of Church services were also posted in The Wichita Eagle article.
The Rev. Lois Harder, co-pastor of Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, spoke of her struggles to forgive. That didn’t go over well with all the people and one man walked out.
The nation has not been in a forgiving mood since 9/11. George Bush started us in a completely unnecessary war in Iraq over lies of weapons of mass destruction. Much of the news media still includes Iraq in the so called “War on Terrorism.”
It was uncomfortable for me and others to see President Barack Obama and Bush standing together as if Bush had handled 9/11 in some heroic manor. Many media commentators have suggested 9/11 made the Bush Presidency. What they failed to mention is that he bungled the whole thing and got us into wars we didn’t need.
There were a lot of children on TV who couldn’t want to grow up and fight the “bad guys.” What does that really mean? Many of them did grow up and join the military. Is the world so simply we can classify armies of people as “bad guys” and “good guys?” That sounds like a movie and this is real life. Obama has said this is the time for a decade of piece. It would be great if he really means that.
Maybe those survivors are right and we should move one.