Democracy Project posts the case made by Phil Napoli for a 9/11 Remembrance Day. Bruce Kesler says it would be a “Democracy Day.” I like the sound of that.
9/11 was not simply an isolated terrorist act. It was a purposely-targeted, conspiratorial attack, one of many, aimed at the political, military and commercial cores of the United States, by those opposed to everything America and the West represent – as similar scale terror attacks in Madrid and London demonstrate.
America and the West represent a civic culture of democracy: the tolerated and protected rights of individuals and their differences, earned achievement and advancement, and respect for private property over government expropriation. None of these are perfect, but stand quite above what prevails elsewhere in the world. The fruits of democracy challenge petty and greater despots to incite hatred of us out of self-protection of their thugocracies and to distract their captive populations from their oppressive rule. Add in that much of Western progress is deeply rooted in developed Judeo-Christian morality, an ethic at odds with those rooted in medieval versions of Islam, and tinder is added to the fiery mix. Those in the West who favor or kowtow to such reduced hopes for mankind are complicit arsonists.
A 9/11 Remembrance Day is, ultimately, a Democracy Day. If any can’t agree on that, they expose their utter foolishness.