FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /Five
Exactly five years ago, while typing
my column for this newsletter, the unthinkable happened.
The date was September 11, 2001 and I was in the middle of a
paragraph recounting the terrific time I had while giving a
talk in Sioux City, Iowa when the scenes that transfixed the
world began to unfold across my television set. The
juxtaposition between the terrorists who unleashed such
horror and the caregivers I met in Iowa was striking and I
commented that no such acts would tear this country apart,
“no matter what ends they hope to accomplish, I guarantee
you that with the community, love and support that I have
seen across this country in cities large and small, these
cowards will never win...”
Five years forward and
much of what was to be expected has happened as has much
that we could not have anticipated. One positive thing which
occurred in the days immediately after the attack was the
sense of unity we felt as a nation, not to mention the
support and well-wishes of much of the world. Unfortunately,
it did not take long for a dizzyingly fast series of events
to unravel that feeling.
Now, so many deaths
later and with the events of that horrific day and those
that followed turning into a political football, this is a
perfect moment for silent reflection— to stop and think.
Think of those we lost and their loved ones, as well as
those brave First Responders who are dealing with unforeseen
respiratory illnesses to this day.
We need to find a way
back to the solidarity and sense of community we felt those
long days and nights ago. That is truly the only way to
guarantee that the bad guys never win.
The 9/11/2001 column
Of Love, Community and Cowards