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Two 9/11s

Posted By on September 11, 2013

I remember the first as if it were yesterday, walking out into the crisp perfection of that September morning, finding myself angry at the very beauty of it.

An eleven-year-old kid, furious that the heavens themselves did not weep for the lives lost that day. Asking as so many did, “Why?”

And I remember last year, penning a blog post in remembrance of that very day. . .when the reports began to come across the wires. We’d been attacked again–this time on the sovereign ground of a United States consulate. An ambassador murdered, for the first time in decades. Navy SEALs killed defending him–men who weren’t even supposed to be there. But they’d done what Americans have always done through the years. . .they’d run toward the sound of the guns. And gone down fighting.

But this time–the world didn’t stop turning. And as I sit here today, a year later, a mention of Benghazi–of Glen Doherty, of Tyrone Woods, of Christopher Stevens, brings little but a blank look to the faces of most Americans.

And again, I find myself asking, “Why?” and with no less anger than I did on that first September morning. Because this time there was no response–no vengeance to be had. The American giant was not even roused from slumber, let alone awoken.

But never forget this. . .so long as you live. There were two 9/11s. And one remains unpaid.


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4 Responses to “Two 9/11s”

  1. J.B. says:

    I could not have said this better. I think everyone will always remember where they were when the towers were hit and eventually fell. Me, I was in Yellowstone National Park doing a “bus tour” and there was a couple on the bus (I do not know their names) but they had a son who worked on the upper levels of Tower 1! They could not get through via phone and to this day, I find myself wondering, “Did he survive or was he victim of that terror?” I too am shocked that there has been no vengeance for Christomer Stephens, Glen Doherty or Tyrone Woods and what is worse, they asked for help and were denied it.

  2. J.B. says:

    I could not have said this better. I think everyone will always remember where they were when the towers were hit and eventually fell. Me, I was in Yellowstone National Park doing a “bus tour” and there was a couple on the bus (I do not know their names) but they had a son who worked on the upper levels of Tower 1! They could not get through via phone and to this day, I find myself wondering, “Did he survive or was he victim of that terror?” I too am shocked that there has been no vengeance for Christomer Stephens, Glen Doherty or Tyrone Woods and what is worse, they asked for help and were denied it.

  3. Stephen my friend – you have said in a way no one else has. Well written my friend.

  4. Stephen, thank you for this beautifully and powerfully worded memoriam to the victims of both 9/11 tragedies, and for the excellent video, whose images we must never forget.

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