Since then the area has been a touchy subject, both literally and figuratively. It has been a soapbox for some on the right to claim endurance for the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and the continued pressure on Iran. Likewise it has been a soapbox for the people on the left to have us just drop it and have a mosque built next to it. I have no concern on either of these issues or platforms but I do have an interest in the crisis it created.
With any crisis we are confused, scared, and bewildered. In this case, we also became patriotic. Most Americans took it as a slap in the face and wanted to serve justice to those who were responsible. We pumped our fists, waved our flags, and got on our bullhorns and proclaimed like we did with Pearl Harbor that we were going to go whoop some ass. And whooping some ass we did. But did we whoop the right ass?
Maybe we did kill some bad guys. I don’t doubt we did. I think, however, that we are walking away with many pieces of shrapnel in the back of our heads from the grenades that the government threw. Maybe those grenades were faulty or maybe those grenades were not tossed in the correct direction, but the fact remains that we have shrapnel. Of course I am talking about such things as the PATRIOT Act and the bump of the NSA wire-taps. And since then, many other things…
I don’t want to dwell on those things as this is a day to mourn those lost. I just want to bring to light that in times of crisis we must not only charge the enemy… but also remember to look behind us to make sure we don’t have assassins flanking us or spys in our ranks.