Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Last Saturday was the 9th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. On the first anniversary I wrote a series of commentaries that aired on a television special program in New York.

This week on this blog I am posting five of the commentaries in remembrance and reflection.

Commentary three:

Some thoughts on understanding.

How do we begin to understand the deep desperation, the consuming hatred of the terrorists who viewed life with such little value and with so much darkness, they could not see a future beyond the deaths of thousands. What lesson did they hope to teach? It certainly is not one from the Koran. The true Islamic faith does not teach or preach terrorism.

There are no clean or clear answers to this question. There is only speculation with charges and accusations. Discernment is always difficult when tragedy is the precursor to reason. We must not forget that judgments grow from many seeds and if we plant the wrong seed, vengeance usurps justice and drags us to the level of the terrorist.

Some find comfort in God. Some look elsewhere. Some need to forgive, some need to blame and some need to hate. All need to heal and to rebuild from the empty holes in our hearts and at Ground Zero. And we still ask why and expect no answer we can understand.

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