9/11: Has It Really Been Six Years?

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I would be remiss if it didn’t put my oar in the water on the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks if only long enough to remember the men and women who died on that horrible day and the families and other loved ones they left behind. As well as note in passing that I was in New York City the other day and the Twin Towers still were gone — something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to reconcile for as long as I live.

Judging from the relative paucity of 9/11-related posts today in a blogosphere dominated by the Petraeus progress-report testimony and Brittney Hume’s exclusive interview with the general on Fox News, a lot of folks have 9/11 Fatigue. I myself see no purpose in yet again recounting my own experience on that day.

But for those of you who need that kind of fix, I highly recommend The Wind in the Heights, a moving remembrance by Gerald Vanderleun at American Digest.

And if you need a political fix, there is The Tail of the Chimera: A Reflection on the 9/11 Terror Attacks & George W. Bush, an appropriately scathing essay posted by Yours Truly last week. The essay also is included in A Progressive Historians Symposium: 9/11 at Six, a roundup over at the Progressive Historians blog.

Photograph by Thomas Hoepker/Magnum