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Reflections On The 2nd 911 Anniversary
What a strange world is this? - that I should find myself feeling euphoric on this, the second anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks.
Not to suggest, of course, insensitivity to the pain and loss of that terrible day; on the contrary, I speak here of the growing chorus of truth-seekers who are finally coming out of the woodwork: providing more sure an indicator of hope than any other, that such attacks may never happen again. First comes to mind the victim-families, doggedly maintaining pressure on our elected politicians, that an honest accounting may one day be aired. Then there are those dedicated souls within the 9/11 investigative "community" -many of whom have helped to organize vigils, meetings; and, on this day, the simulcast showings of the GNN film, "Aftermath: the Unanswered Questions of 9/11," in cities around the world.
As I make my way to the local theatre, I'm thinking of the day's articles from the (online) mainstream press: the "Meacher" article out of Britain, the Philly news, and others. (both linked in the postings below).
The facts which some of us have been discussing for two years -calling into question the "official story"- are now finding their way onto established venues in all their specific, startling detail.
Arriving at the theatre a few minutes before show-time, I'm surprised and pleased to find a long line-up for tickets -only to be told that the line-up for people who already have tickets stretches around the block in the other direction. (Any disappointment I might feel, should I not get a ticket, muted by the number of concious seekers surrounding me).
Standing in line, reflecting on the two-year struggle to try and get the word out: how, in the beginning there were cries for blood, vengeance; anyone who called for calm or asked questions was met by accusations of "traitor," "anti-american," "conspiracy-theorist."
Now it is the once-silent citizens themselves who are coming forth to express their need (and right) to know.
I strike up a conversation with a guy in the line. He's clearly unaware of the depth and scope of the questions that many have been exploring. He's simply interested to know more about the event which has defined a generation. From the tone of other conversations going on, it's clear that some are well-informed: a cross-section of American life, mostly young, between the ages of 20-40.
The 5,000 seat auditorium is jam-packed.
Just before the movie begins, the house grows still as a mouse -as we pause for a moment of silence, in memory of those who died in the attacks.
For the first time, surrounded by a room full of my fellow citizens, I feel a clear confirmation that those 3,000 people did not die in vain. In their sacrifice, we have been given a reason to ask profound, difficult questions about the society in which we live. Though the 4,000 Afghani civilians (and even more Iraqis) who died in America's response to the attacks may know not such televised remembrance; they too, will have an honoured place at the table of history, if we would but have the courage to ask: why? how? who?
With each new year that passes, I know that the wave of honest, self-reflection will only grow in momentum. From that seed of despair, shall grow a forest of humanity renewed: from war to peace, from deception to justice, from fear to authentic celebration.
I can think of no better way of honouring those who can no longer be with us, than to continue asking the question: of what is this, our country made?
- MalcontentX is also the author of SEPT 11: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS - http://www.communitycurrency.org/MainIndexMX.html. A penetrating 140-page analysis, beginning with the Air Force response and George W Bush, and then proceeding into the deeper decision-making bodies of the FBI, Pentagon, and the media
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