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On this Sept. 11 anniversary

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 11, 2010 | 3:04 pm

 

On this, the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The New York Times delivers a story I would expect. The undertone of all of it—as has been the case for a few weeks now, what with the Cordoba house mosque and the timing of Eid and that yahoo in Florida—is a clear tension between American values and Islamic extremism and the misconceptions in the middle.

The NYT reports:

The names of nearly 3,000 victims were read under crisp blue skies in Lower Manhattan after the bells of the city’s houses of worship tolled at the exact moment — 8:46 a.m. — that the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. At the Pentagon, President Obama stressed tolerance and said, “As Americans we are not — and never will be — at war with Islam.”

The familiar rituals at ground zero — the reciting of names, the occasionally cracking voice of a reader, the silences — had a new element. The posters and photographs that victims’ relatives held aloft bluntly injected politics into New York City’s annual ceremony, addressing the debate over plans to build a Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero.

Two posters cited the victims James V. DeBlase and Joon Koo Kang. One read, “Where are OUR rights?” The other: “We love you!! Islam mosque right next to ground zero??? We should stop this!!”

Read the rest about how this 9/11 was unlike other 9/11s here.

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