What do these words trigger in our memories in recent times?
A nation hit…buildings crashed down in the metropolis…lives taken. 3000 of them. Fire fighters, civilian workers, rescuers at ground zero amidst a scene and background of charred metal and liquid iron in the waking fumes of destruction.
An act now known to be conjured up not by links to false WMD warnings in Iraq under the Hussein regime, but by a diabolic, persistent threat linked and mapped through the chains of Al Qaeda and their most prominent, now deceased, leader Osama bin Laden.
In response, a nation became angry, scared, frightened, all the while experiencing these emotions in a frame that maintained a separate and detached space from its operation and responsibility to continue running a country and powering a world. The United States did not lose resolve in its fight against terror, both domestically and around the globe, and in 2011 served a blow to the ranks of terror by removing its key leader, bin Laden, through a dangerous but successful mission executed by the black-ops and planned and led remotely by the White-House and cabinet/executive members, including the President himself.
Ground Zero. One. Two. Three.
And a nation, with a renewed conscience, with a renewed outlook, found that the most powerful word in the dictionary was “yes”. Yes, yes we can.
And we did. An open mind, an open heart. Beauty in color; black in justice; white in purity; brown in simplicity; yellow in technicality; red in desire; gay in emotion.
And as we loved each other, we decided to love them. Farther across the void, indeed, did lie a new hope. A new age.
An age, for the ages.