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August 26, 2006

A tragedy revisited

CNN.com will replay the events of September 11th, 2001 this coming September 11th. This is receiving a lot of criticism. However, it is becoming more and more apparent how jaded people have become since then.

A full third of the U.S. population may believe conspiracy theories of U.S. involvement in the World Trade Center collapse. Michael Moore suggested that "there is no terrorist threat". On that one day, we put aside politics. But it was not too long after that this event started to be used for political gain.

I remember seeing how everyone reacted after the attacks, and I see everyone now. It is amazing how complacent so many people have become. Democrats have had a reputation for being weak on national defense, and they had a good opportunity to change that after these attacks. But in the time since, they have been unable to make any changes and instead blast the Republican leadership, and President Bush in particular, for not doing things their way. Let us not forget that the disputes that Republicans, Democrats, and unaffiliated/third-party voters/politicians pale compared to the conflict that terror began against western culture.

We should see these images again. As painful as they may be to deal with, a reminder of what happened that day may again show us the reality of today's world. September 11th is just a little over two weeks away; how will you remember it?