making stone soup of 9/11
I've stewed about this all day and tried to figure out how to word it so my point would get across without sounding too strident and whatnot but, what the hell, I'm just going to come out and say it.
Let me quote, first:
The Pentagon will hold a massive march and country music concert to mark the fourth anniversary of 9/11, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an unusual announcement tucked into an Iraq war briefing yesterday. "This year the Department of Defense will initiate an America Supports You Freedom Walk," Rumsfeld said, adding that the march would remind people of "the sacrifices of this generation and of each previous generation."--
Q: What is America Supports You?
R: " America Supports You," is a nationwide program launched by the Department of Defense (DoD) to recognize citizens' support for our military men and women and communicate that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad.
...The America Supports You Freedom Walk is the fourth September 11 commemorative activity sponsored by the DoD. The goal for the 5th anniversary in 2006 is for each state to host a Freedom Walk in order to provide an opportunity for as many citizens as possible to reflect on the importance of freedom.
The word "crass" immediately comes to mind. Call me crazy, but I just don't think that a commemoration of 9/11 should be mixed in with a "support the troops" march. You know what this is? A thinly veiled pro-war rally. And concert!
It's four years later. I think at this point we should be diminishing the pomp and circumstance of the commememorations, not addding to it. The purpose of the event is "to remember the victims of September 11, honor our troops and celebrate our freedom." I don't think it's right to do those things together. It's an opportunistic move designed to make people feel good about a war that a lot of people don't feel good about it. Mixing the "let freedom ring" chorus in with the funeral dirge that is still ringing in the hearts of the victims' families is just shy of vile.
I do support the troops. I do cherish my freedom. And I do like a good concert. But how those things fit in with remembering those who died on September 11, 2001 is beyond me. I think that at this point, the administration has chosen to remember the event, not the people. They've chosen to celebrate the start of a time of war rather than memorialize the end of nearly 3,000 lives.
That's a shame.
[Please read the update to this post here]