Each year since I began blogging, I've posted carefully considered remembrance pieces on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004. This year, the occasion is likely to be dominated by competing protests about the mosque proposed to be built near the Trade Tower site, and the coincidence of the Islamic Eid holiday that same day. Even President Obama doesn't know what to do.
Nor do I. With no disrespect to the three friends I lost that day, or the grief of other mourners, I've little more to say on the subject. Not due to doubt or diverging positions: this nation remains the best hope for peace and justice in the world. And though the President performed a policy name-change and often sounds unconvinced, he's mostly a convert to winning the war on terror Bush began. Even if the press now passes-over its former put-downs.
For now, that's enough to honor the memory of 3,000 Americans murdered nine years ago today. Requiescat in pace.