sacred ground

World Trade Center Cross

Editor’s Note: In the daily observation of life around him, the author occasionally feels the need to point out ridiculously inane behavior and general thoughtlessness. These are called “Rants” and this is one of those times.

Today on the sixth anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, according to Fox News, “Construction equipment now fills the vast city block where the World Trade Center once stood. The work under way for four new towers forced the (September 11, 2001 memorial) ceremony’s move away from the twin towers’ footprints and into a nearby park for the first time.”

There are a lot of opinions on the war on terror and a lot of political grand standing about what I believe is a no win situation brought about by a cowardly attack on America six years ago. I don’t want to sound at all like the idiot pundits and politicians we hear on TV all the time who offer stupid sound bites on the anniversary of 9/11. And personally, I am the furthest thing from political on any topic.

For what little it is worth, I knew the United States of America had to respond to the attacks on 9/11 but unlike so many pundits and politicians, I had no idea what the perfect response was…didn’t think there was one. I felt it was and continues to be a lose-lose situation. I am also grateful for the sacrifice our American troops have made and continue to make and I mourn the loss of their lives and the lives of any innocent civilians caught in the war’s crossfire…most especially the children.

But I do have one solution for one result of the attack that I will openly share with you because it seems so completely obvious, even I get it.

The land upon which the World Trade Center’s twin towers were built, and felled by the 9/11 attack, is sacred ground. Thousands of innocent American citizens died there. Their deaths begat a war which continues to kill and maim thousands more United States’ citizens within our military.

The footprint of the World Trade Center’s twin towers is not for development (the branded “Rebirth of Ground Zero in New York City”) other than to create the most amazing park memorial that any united group of artists (can there be such a thing?) can conceive. There should be no new super towers, no super structures construction to show the world “we can rebuild” thus flashing a pointless steel constructed “middle finger” to terrorists anywhere.

Building anything on that ground other than a full scale memorial is to me, if you’ll “excuse my French”, total bullshit! That just stinks of developers and politicians trying to recoup or even cash in on highly profitable construction while egregiously ignoring what I believe (and think most people would agree) to be “the right thing to do”. Obviously, enough of “the right people” (not a political term in this use) disagreed with me but they’re still not right.

Buildings can’t send nearly as strong a message as people can and do. Shame on us for not doing even the simplest thing right.

May God Bless that sacred ground anyway as well as the souls of the just* taken into heaven from our country on and because of September 11, 2001.

* “The souls of the just are in the hands of God, and no torment shall touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they appear to be dead;
their departure was reckoned as defeat, and their going from us as disaster.
But they are at peace, for though in the sight of men they may be punished,
they have a sure hope of immortality.”

Wisdom 3:1-4

5 Responses to “sacred ground”

  1. yeah, pshaw. hail to the chief and all that. ’tis true, can’t even do the simplest thing right. all politics is local, despite local sentiment to the contrary.

  2. Peter,

    Excellent thoughts. Thank you for this post.

    Be well,
    Bob

  3. Hi Diane & Bob:

    Politics is going to start ruining us all…REALLY smart people who might have advice to offer and direction worth following….don’t want political jobs. So we get the leftovers, Yikes!

    Thanks to both of you for visiting.

    Best always,
    -Peter

  4. There is a show on Showtime called Bullshit…hosted by Penn and Teller. One night recently they dedicated the show to how politicians and the like have screwed up Ground Zero. Their feelings were in line with yours, as are my feelings. I was there 2 weeks before those towers fell. There is an interesting story that accompanies my visit I’ll have to tell you about next time we meet. Needless to say, it is heart wrenching that those poor families won’t be able to visit the final resting place of their loved ones in the proper way. Pathetic.

    Thanks for this post.
    Kara

  5. Yeah Kara, you’re right.

    As much as the situation frustrates all of us, those directly touched by the attack have to deal with a great deal more than the rest of us can ever fathom.

    Keep a good thought for them,
    – Peter

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