Keeping 9/11 in Perspective [Opinion]

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by barbell, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Excellent piece in the New Yorker discussing why 9/11 has become such a big event, and why we should keep a little perspective on both it and the recent events in the Middle East as the 10th Anniversary approaches.

    A time to commemorate, consider, and reconsider.

    I promise the link is good this time, and doesn't go anywhere scary. Promise!

    Of course, if you were looking for scary, well, you can find that right here:

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  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    The perspective that's needed now, that has been needed for the past 10 years, will prove sorely lacking. And those of us who try to encourage it will continue to be told how "unpatriotic" we are. Oh, well. Goering had it right in 1945 when he described at the Nuremberg Trials how easy it is to get people -- any people, anywhere -- to go along with war when their government is screaming its necessity in their ears.
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  3. exbayern

    exbayern Original Member

    Thank you for posting that. I used to read the New Yorker regularly and have missed it the past few years.

    Based on historial population figures, the number of people who died that day was actually greater as a percentage than on 9/11. Yet I wonder how many people are actually aware of this incident, just as so many seem to be unaware of the thousands who died since 9/11/2001 due to terrorist attacks.

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