Esme’s Blog: Sept. 11 Remembered

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As I entered my pin at the Wells Fargo ATM a message flashed on the small video screen.

“We remember the victims of 9/11,” the screen said, and then went to my choices of how much to withdraw. My stomach flipped. It seemed crass, exploitive, a cheapening of a day of horror and heroism that we should all remember not just this weekend but every day.

So many other remembrances are touching and heartfelt. There is the local Lutheran pastor who started a national movement by announcing on Facebook that she will stand on a street corner this weekend with a cardboard sign bearing a message of love and hope. There is a beautiful People Magazine cover story on the children whose mothers were pregnant on 9/11 and whose fathers died. There are countless articles out this week recalling the selflessness and the unity of a nation in the aftermath of the tragedy.

That unity is long gone. The bi-partisan spirit that rose from the rubble is now buried permanently. Yes we remember the victims and all that we lost that day. For a brief moment after 9/11, we seemed to have gained something. And the loss of that spirit compounds the tragedy of a day that shattered us all.

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  • I Wonder

    I wish we could find out what really happened that day. The official story that:
    20 poorly dressed Muslims, who lived in mud floor caves in Afghanistan, heard that there was a country that was rich and free infuriated them and that they decided to go a 3 year journey by buying khakis and box cutters and learn how to fly planes and crash them into buildings in cities that they have never been to is just to hard for me to listen to or belive without asking other questions.

    • markH

      The facts are there for the reading and have been for the past 10 years; these men were from middle-class families, had college educations, many had been to the US before, had used their own names when they entered the country, had believed in the metaphysics of martyrdom, did state “Allah Akhbar” before crashing the planes into the buildings, and left detailed manifestos and videos for the world to see. Perhaps you don’t actually READ news but instead just imagine things because they smell of conspiracy? Please, don’t excuse the inexcusable and murderous religious ideologies that cause real people to suffer and die just because you can’t wrap your head around the facts. Peace.

  • richard

    I believe because you’re a rational thinker, it’s hard for you to accept. These kind of radical fanatics are not rational and are incapable of being rational.

    • StraycatStrut

      Richard…. watch….its just the “start” of the Muslim problem felt here and around the world. Watch further and you too shall learn.

  • SteveO

    You still have to account for your Senser apology. She left the scene of a fatal accident! You are so wrong in letting her off the hook!

  • markH

    Nice article; four paragraphs and not one word regarding the murderous ideology that was responsible for this atrocity. Well, if WCCO wants to duck the obvious I won’t-it was the literal readings (not radical interpretations mind you) of the Islamic Q’uran that motivated those 19 hijackers. Let’s stop playing “grab arse” with a hateful and intolerant ideology that seeks the destruction and subjugation of those who do not believe their ideas of martyrdom and their prophet. To those who may respond that my statements are “hateful” or intolerant I can only say that it is lunacy to tolerate the intolerant-and Islam is not open to revision or repudiation by its adherents. Peace.

  • V_for_Vendetta1

    9-11 was an inside job. Three buildings feel in New York that day yet there were only two airplanes. WTC building number 7 is the answer. The US has attacked itself before for its own agenda.

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