I anticipate the media will be buzzing about this date as if it has something more than a symbolic meaning. Anyway, there are greater tragedies that have been unfolding since 2001. But i doubt Darfour or civilians in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Lebanon and northern Isreal will be discussed today.
Its so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again. Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds. And what do the birds say? All there is to say abou a massacre, things like 'Poo-tee-weet?'.
I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five