Today was the anniversary of the murder of almost 3,000 Americans at the World Trade Center. It’s a day that never fails to embarrass me, and I think it embarrasses a lot of my fellow Americans.
Many of us have trouble explaining exactly why it embarrasses us. But embarrassment is a function of the emotion of shame, and shame is a highly fitting emotion to feel today. It is like a foul stench in the air.
It’s the rancid smell of defeat and humiliation.It’s the putrid odor of our dead who were never avenged. Because we did precious little to avenge them. Or to use their deaths as an inspiration for victory over their attackers.