Every US citizen has a strong opinion on how to respond to terrorism. While few will claim to understand the history of our more complex issues, such as world trade, Middle East policy, and/or our responsibilities as memebers of the Security Council; however I think most have a firm view on justice and how swiftly it should be dealt.
While our administration has taken such serious actions in the War on Terror our discourse on the subject has been mostly about the incompetence in Iraq, the alleged human rights abuses in Guantanamo, and stirring the entire Arab world into a massive Jihad against us.
There is one thing I don't understand about our post 9/11 country. Everyone agrees that we should never let the terrorists destory our way of life and we should face this adversary with strong determination; however five years after the World Trade Center and Pentagon were hit we still haven't replaced the towers. Does this make any sense to you? Wouldn't rebuidling the Trade Center as quickly as possible be a great 'fuck you' to all the haters of pork? What better way to show our resiliance as Americans than to create another great structure and show those who can't live in a civilized society that they can't break our spirit?
I've been reading about the delays of the construction of a new World Trade Center. Penn & Teller have a great episode about the subject on their series 'Bullshit'. Sadly it seems that our politicians have left the plans in an incompetent, beauracratic mess.
I'm deeply dissapointed that the rubble still sits at ground zero five years after the fact.
"The World Trade Center is a living symbol of man's dedication to world peace... a representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his beliefs in the cooperation of men, and, through cooperation, his ability to find greatness." - Minoru Yamasaki