Four years ago, the United States of America was attacked. What was attacked was the harm that our government's policies have caused. What the attack created was a sense of community among the people of this nation. Since the weeks following September 11, 2001, many Americans have stood behind the same government policies that initiated those attacks instead of upholding the ideal of community that was formed after the tragedy. We've watched our country go to wars that have not been sufficiently justified. We stood by and in many cases supported such endeavors. At times it has felt as if the people of this country did not retain the lessons that that horrible event provided us.
September 11, 2001 was one of the saddest days of my life. It changed my life in a very important way. But four years afterward, the victims have ceased to be remembered as the individuals that they were, but instead they have become pieces of political propaganda. While protesting the Iraq war, the protestors produced a rift in the rally, and I was stuck in the middle. Alone, with protestors far in front and lagging behind, a man came up to me and screamed with all of his heart, "Fuck you! Don't you fucking remember September 11th?!"