What Does N.Y. Feel Like 8 Years Later?
Unfinished. Here's why.
For the New York media, this day calls for capturing--or at least trying to capture--the general sentiment the city as another year is placed between it and the 9/11 attacks. What does the city feel like eight years later? Unfinished. Here's why.
Still Fighting Terror, says the New York Post. With a nod to the events happening around ground zero today, the Post calls attention to the 9/11 reminder taking place very far away from downtown Manhattan: the war in Afghanistan. It says, "So, as memories of 9/11 fade -- with, mercifully, no new attacks to recall them -- some Americans are starting to wonder if this war truly must be fought. Indeed it must. For the threat is no smaller today than it was on Sept. 10, 2001 -- the day before radical Islam so dramatically revealed its malign intentions."
Waiting for Retribution, says the Daily News in an editorial that echoes that of the Post's. Focussing on the lack of result in Afghanistan, the News says, "That Osama Bin Laden remains at large is an affront. We take comfort in faith that he will get his." It then notes that we're also still awaiting "the end of his Al Qaeda henchmen imprisoned at Guantanamo, most notably 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammad. It is appalling that the U.S. has failed to punish this grotesquely defiant, mass-murdering enemy.
Inaccurate Memorials, says Graham Raymon in the Village Voice. Raymon points out that, while the museum hasn't been finished yet, it's preview "will present a sanitized version of history, mainly for the consumption of tourists. Call it 9/11-lite... Meanwhile, a website produced by the museum offers the barest minimum of information -- details pretty much everyone already knows. A "history" page just tells you where the buildings were located. The timeline page presents a very limited picture of the day, and suggests that the government acted totally efficiently and in an orderly manner. Hardly the case.