No one has forgetten the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Three years ago today, our country suffered an attack on American soil that rivaled the horror of Pearl Harbor. On this day, we honor the memories of those who died in the attacks in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. We also salute our fallen heros in Afganistan and Iraq, as well as the brave service men and women still defending our country.
As I remember that day three years ago with deep sadness, I cannot help but ponder the real tragedy of September 11, 2001. Our great nation, founded on such high ideals, is once again engaged in an unjust war. How many more Americans must die because of that senseless attack on our country? For me, it is not so much the fact that we went to war with Iraq or with Afganistan. I see tragedy in the arrogance and ignorance with which the current administration has conducted its affairs. Indeed, I blame American foreign policy in the Middle East over the past several decades and American lust for Arab oil for the situation in which we now find ourselves. As long as there is no justice in the world, there will be no peace. As long as even one member of the human family suffers from poverty and oppression, we will find ourselves in conflict with one another.
On this September 11, let us all renew our efforts to bring more peace and more justice into our own lives and the lives of others.
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