Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nine Thoughts on Nine Years

1. It's still hard to reflect on what happened that day. May it always be hard to remember those thoughts and emotions.

2. The first incarnation of "The World, According to Me" was started September 3, 2001. It was a place I could go and vent about life. Writing posts about my emotions and feelings was what got me through those first few days. Maybe more venting here will help.

3. ‎"We value our Muslim neighbors across the world and hope that those who live by the tenets of their faith will not suffer. I ask particularly that our own people do not become a party in any way to the persecution of the innocent. Rather, let us be friendly and helpful, protective and supportive. It is the terrorist organizations that must be ferreted out and brought down." -Then-LDS Church President Gordon B Hinckley October 7, 2001 (the day the Afghan War started)

4. Even though the Distraction in Iraq is "over," there are still 50,000 of our brave men and women over there. Let's still remember them.

5. Speaking of "over there," the forgotten war is still going in Afghanistan.

6. It's a shame that the only time we seem to think about our brave men and women on the front lines, the firefighters and police officers, is on 9/11.

7. There was a letter to the editor in a recent City Weekly blasting them for sponsoring beer festival today. There was also a tweet from someone I follow blasting the Avenues Street Fair for being held today. However, I can think of no better was of honoring those who died than spending time with our neighbors in our communities.


9. I wonder if the terrorists have won. The purpose of terrorism is to make people afraid, and the people are afraid. And our politicians are all to willing to play on our fear. From "suitcase nukes" to "too big to fail." From "fighting them there instead of fighting them here" to "beheadings in the desert." From "Ground Zero Mosques" to "taking away Seminary."

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