I haven't posted in awhile, but seems like 9-11-07 is a good day to get back in swing of things. I remember 9-11 ... 01 ... like everyone else, in detail. I was in a newsroom in Noblesville, Ind., and noted to the boss some plane had flown into the World Trade Center. We all speculated it was a small aircraft.
You know the rest of the story.
We moved from that day and published stories related to 9-11 for more than 70 consecutive days. It was an interesting journalistic challenge and experience.
My time at Wabash College has really given me a different perspective on 9-11. It was a horrific event that could have been prevented. I don't believe for one second anyone in our government had put all the pieces together - but that's the problem. The "intelligence community" - an oxymoron if I've ever heard one - had all the pieces but was as dysfunctional as ever.
During my time at Wabash I've had the fortune to hear 3-4 very prominent experts on the Muslim world. When I read in news accounts, blogs, "they hate us and our way of life" I cringe.
Muslim people by and large, minus a few real whackos, do not hate us and our way of life. They hate our government and out bully attitude toward the rest of the world. We make no attempt to understand the Middle East and its people and assume we know what's best. If you think that's just left-wing babble, I challenge you to ask your Congressman to offer up an explanation of the difference between Sunni and Shite.
An update: I'm dieting, my doggy got neutered, I bought a new car!