I am not over 9/11/01. The day is still vivid in my mind. I remember exactly where I was and exactly what I was doing. I remember the gut-wrenching uncertainty of the moment. What happened? Who did it? How will the U.S. respond? What should I do, other than stay glued to the television?
What a terrible day it was, yet, fourteen years later, look where we are. What began as a tightly coordinated, rapidly unfolding series of targeted attacks carried out by 19 ideological fanatics has become a westward-advancing, cross-continental onslaught by an ideology itself. This onslaught is not about religion. This onslaught is about life; specifically, how to live it, and by whose rules. Why else would otherwise free societies turn themselves inside-out in the name of "homeland security?"
We must defend the memory of 9/11. The best way to defend that memory is to confront the ideology that turned what should have been an unremarkable calendar date into a defining moment in history.