Nine-Eleven at Seventeen

“We grieve together for every mother and father, sister and brother, son and daughter, who was stolen from us at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and here in this Pennsylvania field. We honor their sacrifice by pledging to never flinch in the face of evil and to do whatever it takes to keep America safe.” On the anniversary of 9/11, President Trump pays tribute to 9/11 ‘true heroes’ in Pennsylvania memorial visit. (In addition to shock, anger, and sorrow, the most powerful feeling I remember emerging during the hours and days following the attack was one of unity.)

+ The internet is getting overly upset about the president’s double fist-bump upon his arrival in Shanksville. But, (of course) there is the sad truth of Trump’s long history of lying about 9/11 and exploiting it for personal gain.

+ “I went to war to avenge my brother’s death. But the only person I truly wanted to kill died 17 years ago.” Joe Quinn in the NYT on the real lesson of Sept. 11.

+ Digg has a great list of essential reads on the anniversary Of 9/11. Seventeen years later, and the scene that seemed unimaginable to me on that terrible morning still seems somehow unimaginable.

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