September 11, 2001: We Should Never Forget

From The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto:

“Because of its geography, its population, and the fact that it was under the control of the Dutch (even then its parent city, Amsterdam, was the most liberal in Europe), this island city would become the first multiethnic, upwardly mobile society on America’s shores, a prototype of the kind of society that would be duplicated throughout the country and around the world. It was no coincidence that on September 11, 2001, those who wished to make a symbolic attack on the center of American power chose the World Trade Center as their target. If what made America great was its ingenious openness to different cultures, then the small triangle of land at the southerntip of Manhattan Island is the New World birthplace of that idea, the spot where it first took shape….”
September 11 is a day to celebrate the American spirit of independence, innovation, courage and tolerance, which have caused our country to be so great.  We will never forget those innocent civilians who died at the hands of terrorists who do not share these values.  We will never forget those who were in New York that day whose lives were forever altered by these unforgivable acts of terror.  Our sympathy goes out to those in other countries who live with acts of terror and brutality more often than we do.  We will never forget.

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