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9/11 Ten Years Later

10 years ago today, three hijacked airplanes flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3000 Americans. There has been controversy about how we have dealt with it. I have expressed doubts about some of the things Bush did in the aftermath.
But somethings are not, or should not be, controversial.
  • We were attacked, on our own soil, by a foreign power. There are certainly things we don't know, and some of those things might be embarrassing to our government. But any explanation of events must explain the three missing airplanes. No broad based conspiracy theory can do this.
  • We were not the bad guys that day. To make America's sins the focal point in any discussion of 9/11 is to be far worse than unpatriotic...it is utter moral confusion.
  • It was significant and tragic and certainly worth remembering a scant ten years later. As Peggy Noonan says We'll Never Get Over It, Nor Should We
  • Today is not an occasion for settling political scores and taking potshots at political opponents, as Paul Krugman has done. It is a day for giving credit where credit is due. On the matter of the war on terror, I have often disagreed with Lew Rockwell and the folks at his web site. But he deserves enormous credit for this piece he posted the day  after the attacks.