I'll probably get my head chewed-out for this one but meh, so be it.
I am feeling cynical about the coming 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Maybe it's because of the media circus that is an inevitable part of the "American way" that is fueling my distaste for the event. I can almost feel the collective masturbation of producers of the major news outlets as they prepare their sweeping and dramatic montages and coverage of the days to come. This is what they live for.
Or maybe it is due to the fact the yes, we lost 3000 people that day and it was a sad and tragic event but I still cannot come to terms with our losses equating to the deaths of minimally 100,000 Iraqis with upward estimates pushing the one million mark.
About 303 times as many people have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq than in the ghastly attacks of September 11, 2001.
Where are the montages for them?
I do not in any way condone the attacks or deny the heroism of so many professional rescue workers that gave their lives on that day. Should there be memorials to honor them? Yes. But should this country stand still on 9/11/2011 to relive the horrors of that day and the horrors of the days following? Would not a more fitting rememberance be just that, remembrance? Each person should remember the day in their own way. Of course I do not have to watch the media blitz if I choose not to. But I just might, in the vain hope that they also recognize the thousands of innocent children who lost their lives as a result of our lust for vengeance. Least not we forget them and remember them as well for they also deserve our honor and our tears.