Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11 Memorials: 2008

Seven years ago today, an airliner crashed into the Pentagon. Another two hit New York City's World Trade Center towers, and a fourth dove into a field in Pennsylvania.

Today, at those three sites, people are remembering their children, spouses, parents, relatives, and acquaintances who died then.

Given the energies involved, many people were left without bodies to bury. Some victims were most likely vaporized, and New York was picking bits and pieces of others of the rooftops for years after the attack.

9/11 Memorials

For many survivors, the sites of the attack are the closest thing they have to a grave. That's part of the reason why memorials have been planned for these places.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.