Having lost someone on that day, it pains me that 15 years later — that using the day, its slogans, and other things to argue a purely political, dispassionate, and disconnected view of it is root. Actually, not surprised even i nthe least that someone who can’t remember its impact, and to whom apparently it didn’t touch in any way, would reframe it in solely political terms. The decontextualizing of the near three thousand people, and their three thousand still living children, to their parents, and loved ones.
This isn’t to say your critique is without merit, but aren’t you just as guilty of using their dead bodies, without an ounce of remorse or remembrance for them to argue a purely philosophical political point, just as bad as the War On Terror using them as human shields? To your mind, probably not. You weren’t affected, are disaffected, which you seem to presume gives you both insight & perspective. You also seem rightfully young so as not to have had perhaps a lasting and impact of sudden loss of a family member, loved one, or friend.
It grows easier with time, this is true — yet still seeing people, like yourself not trying to even grapple with the humanity of that time, or the lasting political struggle to get those rescue workers who are suffering health issues now. The millions of civilian lives lost in the wars, and so forth. Clearly the scope was the personal liberties lost, to the government. While, we concur on this, isn’t it more dangerous to have multi-national companies with that same information, who are under no particular binding legal rigor, or you talk about the human rights violations, while ignoring many other very prominent issues.
The TSA is security theater, at its best. It is also formed form a piece of legislation that was rushed through immediately after. Something your being 8 perhaps missed. Absolving the airlines, via their lobbyists, of any wrongdoing. While now Congress is pushing through the ability to sue a sovereign nation, while absolving an entire industry, because long before it was a thing, seemed “Too Big To Fail.” Why not sue them, or allow suit? Because then you might not be able to fly anywhere, it would (their theory goes) bankrupt an industry that is always going bankrupt.
These things don’t or aren’t related to the loss, or why we should remember. Perhaps they are used as propaganda, but I think if you talked to a number of older people you’d find everyone was not that far removed, less than 7 degrees from someone who died on that day. Their stories aren’t being told, and certainly not the marginal ones. Now the MSM is focusing on the surviving children, or the lost rescue animals as if we’ve run through the gambit of all 3,000 lives. Having met a number of them, I can assure we didn’t and don’t know.
To wit, your ending with the poem was about the only acknowledgment that you gave to those lost, either on that day, or in the years to come. It is a poem used by an empire, at the height of their empire fighting a World War, and has since become hackneyed by the usage for every fallen soldier in their ranks, which makes (even with your exhortation via an intro) rather odd choice. And then you only preface us remembering the lost if we remember ALL who are lost, which is wise, even commendable, but I’m not sure if I need to in my grief (something you seem oblique to) extend that courtesy, when all we’d like is for the world to remember that day, the lives lost, and to uphold their promise (and our civil liberties) to actually remember. Something your post clearly doesn’t understand.