Do not claim to honor those who died on September 11 if you make this date a pre-election hot potato every two years.
In addition to live coverage of that fateful day, I believe I videotaped every special 9/11 documentary which has appeared on TV. I have viewed these tapes numerous times, and, while I can no longer see the tapes, the images are etched in my psyche.
One image that comes to mind is a Muslim telling of how he was knocked to the ground by a fleeing crowd. He looked up and saw a bearded man wearing a yarmulke bending over him. “Take my hand, brother,” the stranger said. They then ran hand-in-hand for several blocks until separated by the crowd.
The real desecration of this tragic anniversary is the loss of solidarity – at the hands of ideologues – we had with each other and with the world in the days following 9/11.