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October 25, 2016
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September 11, 2001: The day the earth stood still

I have asked my friends to leave comments on their own memories on my Facebook page, and have received a flood of responses, including this from Lori Rubenstein: “A grand mixture of terror, bravery, camaraderie, love, respect and hate—which resulted in a renewed spirit as a U.S. citizen,” and this from Mary Bakalis: “My life and attitude changed forever that day, and I can’t take for granted the things I once did.”
If you would like to share your own memories or comments with the community, we invite you to email them to The River Reporter (editor@riverreporter.com) with “9/11” in the subject line, and we will publish them as online addenda to this feature.


9/11 Happened To All Of Us

They came from over there and murdered three thousand over here. Our response was proportional. We killed three hundred thousand over there and made three million refugees, whether or not they had anything to do with it or even ever heard of 9/11. Their purpose was to cripple our economy so we could not, or would not meddle again in their history. We crippled our own economy all by ourselves, thank you very much. We spent three trillion on smart bombs and soldiers’ rations, bribes and contractor corruption. Three trillion that would have saved a lot of lives with health care for all, fed many hungry, created a lot of jobs, researched a lot of sustainable energy solutions, improved our environment. None of that will happen now. All gone to war. Over there, on their own, in spite of our meddling, they decided that, even with the flaws we demonstrate, democracy is still preferable to tyranny.

On 9/11 the bridge was closed so I withdrew in fear and did not return to the wounded city until a week had passed. Then I hunched over my sushi and wondered if we would ever recover from such a terrible tragedy.

How many billionaires ran into the burning buildings to save their employees? How many died in the collapse? How many went to fight in foreign lands, or sent their children? No, they clamor for lower taxes and demand less spending on relief for first responders, injured soldiers, and victims of natural disasters. Worst of all, they control and manipulate information to convince the very classes they oppress to rally on behalf of their plutocracy.

As for Bush and Cheney, I’m surprised they were let out of prison to publish books and appear at 9-11 memorials. Oh, that’s right. They haven’t been made to pay for their crimes.

Allan Rubin
Cochecton, NY