From a County of Maui press release we received last night: “Mayor Alan Arakawa is asking that the entire County observe a moment of silence at 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011.” That’s the time U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, has asked the nation to stop and remember the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks (click here for more information on Lautenberg’s “Moment of Remembrance.”
Leaving aside the fact that many people on Maui will still be asleep at 7am on Sunday (many, after all, slept through the original terrorist attacks a decade ago), I guess a moment of silence is a good thing. I mean, even 10 years out, we still seem incapable of talking about the attacks. We can use them to justify wars and stratospheric national security spending (as well as their attendant and unprecedented civil rights violations), but I heard on NPR this morning (the brief report doesn’t seem to be on the news organization’s website) that most schools aren’t teaching 9/11 these days because it’s simply “too controversial.”
It’s good to be silent for a moment on the morning of Sept. 11, 2011, but it’s better to use that moment to think about the attacks — what they did, why they happened and what has since come to pass. The World Trade Center is long gone, but it continues to cast a deep and dark shadow over the nation that reaches clear to Maui.
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