This is coming a few hours late, but I thought it was worth posting. Originally published just weeks after the Twin Towers fell, it’s the best editorial piece I’ve ever read about 9/11. It still manages to make me cry and laugh simultaneously, and it somehow pulls off being funny but tasteful, which is no easy task when you’re writing about a tragedy of this scale. I am even fond of its spiritual spin, and that’s saying a lot as a staunch agnostic.
What’s strange is that after rereading this piece today, I was struck by its timelessness and universality. Really, you could apply the same theme to so many other examples of senseless deaths, which makes the article all the more emotionally moving because it takes on a whole new relevance nowadays. Read it yourself, and then consider America’s actions following 9/11. Somehow I don’t think “Invade Foreign Countries/Kill 100,000+ Innocent People” were on the list of what Jesus would do. (And this is as religious as you’ll ever get me.)
How ironic that today our country was not alone in mourning 9/11 victims. Millions around the world must have joined us in grief, not for the lives lost beneath the rubble of Lower Manhattan but for the countless non-Americans made victims in our attempt to right this wrong with nothing less than blood.