six years later

For this September 11, I was going to post a bunch of numbers. I was going to collect statistics. Deaths caused by US wars, deaths of Americans and deaths of "the others". Deaths from terrorism all over the world. I was going to try to find statistics on people left wounded, homeless, displaced, through US invasions and wars.

Then I was going to compare all those many millions to the number of people who died on September 11, 2001.

I stopped myself, because that could seem somehow callous to the people for whom September 11 truly is a day of mourning and remembrance.

The importance of September 11 is exaggerated out of all proportion by the US propaganda machine. The stories told about it are all lies.

But the day's importance can never be exaggerated to people who lost their sons, daughters, mothers, best friends, and so on, on that day.

So, no numbers. Instead, I'll look forward to a time when the day can be remembered privately by anyone who chooses to. A day when it's no longer used as an excuse to justify repression at home, and to perpetrate murder and destruction around the globe.

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