In Memory, and then . . .
But grief is not a zero-sum equation. I am concerned about the political legacy of 9/11, but that does not mean I do not mourn.
My favorite conservative blogger, Mike from Polipop, has put together a moving QuickTime film: "The Story of the World Trade Centers." I like it because it takes in the sweep of the WTC's history, rightfully reminding us of its place in the fabric of New York City. The World Trade Center was emblematic of the relationship of New York to the world - these real, grimy streets connected to the vast web of humanity. And New York plays a unique role in the relationship between America and the world. 9/11 was mourned from all ends of these connections. I may disagree with the conclusions Mike and other conservatives draw from the tragedy. But I join him in honoring what the World Trade Center was.