Absolute Infamies

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

To me, there are three dates that “live in infamy,” one I personally didn’t experience and two that are vivid in my memory. The first was the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese Aircraft, which Roosevelt addressed in his famous speech and which I grew up hearing about. The other two, occurring decades later, were the assassination of JFK in Dallas, and the event that many Americans today personally remember, the destinies and disasters associated to American Airlines Flights 11, 77, and 93.

Today, America’s place in the world has changed. Our country might be a superpower, but it’s no longer decidedly the most super. Many nations have nuclear weapons and their strong-minded leaders actively are testing them. On one hand, it’s sobering to think about the tragedy of the twin towers, and that awful attack by men on a suicide mission who used box-cutters to control passengers in a third airplane headed toward the Pentagon. On the other hand, with all due credit to America’s posture in 1941, that was long ago. Today, nations can’t think in terms of absolute victories.

The events of 9/11 are grim reminders of America’s, and indeed worldwide, the vulnerabilities of nations. The current grim worries aren’t related only to warlike events, but also to environmental and technological concerns. Today, the smart thinking is directed toward absolute survival. This requires better international political cooperation and collaboration, attention to saving large and small rain forests, and the granting of protections for all species.

I could go on, but my drift is clear. Today, let’s all spend some time thinking about how to protect the future health and well-being of our planet for humans and animals alike.

Dear Readers: This historical day begs soap boxes for thinking, caring citizens. Diana

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