EDITOR’S DESK: 10 years, not forgotten
And here we sit, 10 years later, having fun with Rock Ledge Ranch's “greenery” and enjoying the prospects of entertainment and scenery at the Patriots' Festival Sept. 10.
Now, I don't want to take the slightest thing away from the festival. This is the second time we've announced it on Page 1 this summer, and that's hardly something we take lightly. It's great that there will be an event of this magnitude on the Westside, with at least part of its purpose to recall the most deadly attack by an enemy on American soil since the War of 1812.
Still, I can't help feeling a little bit, well... unsatisfied. Nearly 3,000 people died in those attacks, and even more soldiers have died since then in what was once called the War on Terror. That was a vague enough name, but these days I'm not sure what it's called. Because it's gotten so wrapped up in political correctness, it might have a long, careful name now - perhaps the Occasionally Violent Engagement that Coincidentally Happens to be in Muslim Countries But We Like Your Religion, We Really Do, And Oh By the Way, We'll Be Leaving As Soon As We Figure Out How. I know, that's pretty facetious. I just wish it were less accurate. Are we supposed to feel we "won" whatever war it was we've been fighting because Osama Bin Laden was taken out, and before that Saddam Hussein? If we wear patriotic apparel to the Patriots' Festival, does it prove we're tough Americans in the tradition of Don't Tread on Me or World War II or is there some new tradition that says wow, it's too bad about all those people that died 10 years ago but the important thing is I feel warm and fuzzy about being a caring human being and dang it, why is the music so loud and why are those big kids in the bounce house again, frightening my little Billy?
OK, well, that's getting a bit astray from our Westside coverage area. Still, the festival is happening here, and it would be comforting if, instead of a generic "thank you" to police, fire and soldiers, it proclaimed the vision that makes America great. Because those 3,000 sure didn't plan on dying Sept. 11, 2001. I think it's also a safe bet that those soldiers who have fought and died in this war would gladly put up with loud music and
crowded bounce houses if it meant breathing the free air of America one more day.