With no serious ties to New York City and over a year and a half of elapsed time since the 9-11 attack, I expected my visit to the WTC/Ground Zero site to be an emotionally-neutral experience; I was surprised at the intensity of cold rage I felt standing there at the site, reading the list of the victims and looking at the memorials of fallen firefighters, police officers and EMT personnel.
Somebody spent years and considerable resources planning the deliberate murder of thousands innocents to 'make a statement' ... and that somebody is still out there, gloating at the destruction he wrought.
I now understand in a way I didn't before the outraged backlash against inveterate liar Michael Moore, who wrote on 9-15-01:
"They did not deserve to die. If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him! Boston, New York, DC, and the planes' destination of California -- these were places that voted AGAINST Bush!"
I didn't vote for Bush (for the record, I find his ham-fisted policies and moral grandstanding utterly appalling) - but Moore's suggestion that Bush voters were the ones who deserved to die on 9-11 reflects the most odious kind of America-hating that I despise about the American Left.
PS: Last batch of NYC photos on happier topics will be up by Sunday. :)
PPS: It should go without saying that there are plenty of thoughtful leftists I count as friends; my disagreement is with those with a pathological hatred of America. :)