Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 links

Today, eight years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, marks the first year that this anniversary will be observed as a national day of service, following an order signed by President Barack Obama.

Of the many other stories of interest out there:
-The Associated Press: What Obama was doing on Sept. 11, 2001, and speculation about what he will do to move forward in our nation's struggle against terrorism.
-The Wall Street Journal: Why the president's campaign for the war in Afghanistan is a hard sell.
-Slate asks why "the follow-on attacks that everyone predicted after 9/11" have not occurred.
-The Huffington Post's William Bradley looks at where America has been and where it's going: "Eight years since 9/11. It feels like 18 years, if not 80."
-The New Yorker's Lawrence Wright on underestimating Al-Qaeda.
-On NPR.org, a firefighter father recalls losing two sons in the attacks: "I don't have any could've, should've or would'ves. I wouldn't have changed anything."
-The Age calls the current delays in rebuilding Ground Zero (once slated to be completely rebuilt by 2011) "a national disgrace."

Two books for understanding the ramifications of 9/11:
-Primitive America: The Ideology of Capitalist Democracy, by Paul Smith. An urgent examination of the deep cultural roots of America’s response to 9/11.
-Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture, by Mark Fenster. This new edition, the first in-depth look at the conspiracy communities that formed to debunk the 9/11 Commission Report, shows that conspiracy theories play an important role in U.S. democracy.

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