Sunday, September 11, 2011
Ten Years Later
It's not like the Muslim world has it any better. Think of the struggles for Democracy in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan. Think what Lybian and Syrian citizens are enduring this very moment.
So. Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Did Al Quaeda win or can we turn this thing around?
Maybe it doesn't sound like it, but I'm an optimist.
Meeting each other teaches us about each other. It's a lot harder to fear or hate someone you've shared conversation with over a cup of coffee.
If we can't afford to travel to the Arab world, (or if we're afraid to get on a plane), we can meet our Arab neighbors right here in southern California, starting with the annual Arab American Festival in Garden Grove, September 23-25th. It's free (so the economy is no excuse) and it looks like fun.
Or just...break bread with someone who is different from you.
Here is the best writing I've seen about 9/11, from Roberta Martinez.