Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Few Thoughts About 9/11

This is the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  I remember the day well.  I was at work and sitting in a cubicle only a few feet from where I sit now.  When I realized what was happening my first thought was of  my sister who lives in New York.  People say that we should never forget this event and I understand why.  However, I sometimes get weary of remembering.  I am over terrorists and anyone else that wreaks havoc on the lives of innocent people.  I am over war.  I was born during the Korean war.  I grew up in the cold war with the daily fear of nuclear holocaust.  I protested the Vietnam war in my youth.  Much of my adult life, especially the last 12 years, has been lived with almost daily news of continued war.  Most people, not just Americans, want to live their lives in peace.  They want to go to work, take care of their families, and come home at night without the fear of constant war.  This is not meant to be a political rant.  I have a brother and other family members with military backgrounds.  My father and my father-in-law were veterans of World War II.  I appreciate and I honor all they have done and continue to do.  I am just one human being out of billions that simply wants to live in peace.  Some will say that war is the price for peace.  I get that, too.  However, war should always be a last resort.  Peace is what 99% of mankind wants.          

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