Monday, September 11, 2006


On Reflection

I know I don't need to remind you what today is. You know the date, and what it represents. You can't turn on the television, radio, or visit the web without the constant reminders of the fifth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Tributes will be held, vigils attended, tears shed, and questions will be continued to be asked. To those who lost their lives on that tragic day, we give pause and reflect; mindful of spouses, partners, relatives, children and friends who lost loved ones five years ago today. To the brave firefighters, police, and emergency workers who gave their lives selfishly to help others, we tearfully salute your bravery and will never be able to forget your heroism.

As the media overwhelms us with images, sounds and words , pundits will pontificate and analyze. Politicians will politicize and ramp up the rhetoric. We may never know the full truth of the attacks of 9/11, but further investigation certainly is needed.
Thorough investigation. Investigation that will lead to more understanding, accountability, and security for our country. I feel that one way to encourage this further investigation is to elect a Democratic Majority in Congress in November, less than 60 days from now.

The right wing machine has been very busy blaming the Clinton administration for every foreign and domestic problem facing America, including the attacks on 9/11. Did the Clinton administration make mistakes dealing with terrorism? Admittedly yes. Did Clinton turn a blind eye to terrorism?Absolutely not. When the WTC attack in 1993 happened on Clinton's watch, Clinton did not blame George H.W. Bush. He Instead used Law Enforcement, to investigate, apprehend, and convict the perpetrators. Certain TV programs and radio hosts would like you to believe otherwise, but many programs and policies were implemented or proposed during the Clinton years. Clinton also warned the Bush administration of the threat they would face from terrorism. Those warnings were ignored as were additional intelligence reports leading up to the attacks.

Yet 9/11 continues to be the defining issue for the Bush agenda. An agenda based on fear, extreme secrecy, disregard for the rule of law, and unsubstantiated conflation. Bush recently conceded that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, yet continues to mention the event every time he defends the troubled Iraq invasion. (Condoleezza Rice still insists on an Al-Qaeda /Saddam connection. Perhaps she should consult with her boss and decide which lie they are going support).

Again, we may never know the full truth of this terrible day in history, and we can only speculate of how different things might have been if warnings were heeded, action taken, or if others were in charge. We can only hope that the truth we find will lead to real security, accountability, and steps to insure that this will never happen again.

Vote for Change in November. The future of our Nation depends on it.

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