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Two years later

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Attacking Iraq – just about the only Middle East country that didn’t have any proven connection to al Qaeda or the Sept. 11 hijackings – makes less sense every day. No weapons of mass destruction have been found, and no link to terrorism has been uncovered. A country we were told was yearning for democracy has deteriorated into chaos.

Two years later, the world is not a safer place. It’s not a kinder place, a gentler place, a freer or more democratic place, a more prosperous place, or a more peaceful and united place.

And all of this and more has been done in the name of the victims of Sept. 11.

They have become the justification for war, murder and mayhem around the globe. They are the excuse used by governments worldwide to crack down on separatists and rival political parties.

Paul Krugman of the New York Times points out that the Bush government has exploited 9/11 by using it to justify everything from drilling for oil in Alaska, to gutting environmental laws, to tax cuts, to unemployment, to budget deficits, to resisting campaign finance reforms.

Sept. 11, a day of sorrow and reflection, is becoming a day of cynicism, turning more pain and suffering into more pain and suffering. It’s time to take the day back for whom it really belongs.

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