SOME WORDS ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11...

In the current issue of "The Rotarian", the official magazine of Rotary, the feature article centers on remembering 9/11.  The article focuses on the first female president of the 92-year old New York club and the obstacles she encountered and had to overcome concerning this challenge. 

So much of our discussion about 9/11 in the last 10 years has centered on our failures -- real failures of intelligence and imagination that allowed the attacks to happen; presumed failures of foreign policy that gained al Qaeda sympathy among some Muslims; and failures in our response to radical jihadism, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Guantanamo Bay, that are generally, though not universally, understood to have set us back in the war to defeat al Qaeda and its tyrannical and medieval ideology.

When the father of Mohamed Atta, the ringleader of the hijackers aboard the four commercial jets on September 11, 2001 was asked what would prompt his son to do such a thing, the father responded, “You can’t be a human and do this thing. It’s impossible.” That is the crucial truth of 9/11. Osama bin Laden had gathered to him men who were devoid of love, and who found in Al Qaeda a vehicle for expressing their hatred of humanity. On the 10th anniversary of the murderous rampage committed by soulless men, we should remember the victims, and count our own blessings, and recommit ourselves to the suppression of evil and the protection of the innocent.

We are so blessed to live and work in such a beautiful part of this country – not just for its natural beauty, but for the love of those among us.  As we strive to live by the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self", may we always strive to be true to serve those in greater need than ourselves. And may we find peace in the world.