Tuesday, September 11, 2007

When Words Fail Us

In this tragic moment, when words seem so inadequate to express the shock people feel, the first thing that comes to mind is this: We are all Americans! We are all New Yorkers, just as surely as John F. Kennedy declared himself to be a Berliner in 1962 when he visited Berlin. Indeed, just as in the gravest moments of our own history, how can we not feel profound solidarity with those people, that country, the United States, to whom we are so close and to whom we owe our freedom, and therefore our solidarity?

(Jean-Marie Colombani, Le Monde, Sept. 12, 2001)

Hard to remember how America used to be a respected member of the world community instead of the crazy uncle in the attic, isn't it?

I revisit the images on this site every year at about this time. They're a hard reminder of what's been squandered and shot to hell by the arrogance and murderous opportunism of this administration.

May we indeed all find such unity and goodwill again soon, in happier times.

3 comments:

Mike said...

I revisit this:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28151

(And wish my brother a happy birthday -- rather a taller order than with most people.)

Rob said...

That's a great piece, but what I like best is the Onion's logo for their 9/11 coverage.

hsempl said...

there was an obituary in the WP today of a woman who died of cancer whose birthday was 9/11 and she was in charge of some big conservatory in NYC and had planned a bash for her 50th birthday in 2001 but then cancelled it and instead made sure the conservatory was open for a refuge for people needing to look at plants and be in a place of peace. and there were people lined up to come in 9/12.