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September 11, 2011

The “Most Different” News Photos from the 9/11 Commemoration – #1: “Salam”

9 11 Memorial family members tenth anniversary

Because the caption is generic, I can’t tell if these two women – surrounding the south Trade Center reflecting pool with other family members – are mothers, daughters, wives or sisters of 9/11 victims.

What I can say is how novel it was, amidst the saturation of red-white-and-blue, and the presence of American soldiers, and of George Bush himself (whose inspiration, from the ruins of this site, was vengeance on Iraq and Islamic terrorism) to discover, in this one photo, among at least a thousand I looked at,  the ritual of Muslim prayer.

The “Most Different” News Photos from the 9/11 Commemoration. #2 at BagNews Tumblr: “Grief Meets Political Celebrity”

The “Most Different” News Photos from the 9/11 Commemoration. #3 at Bag Facebook: “Some People Don’t Like Their Picture Taken.”

(photo: Getty Images/Pool. caption: Family members visit the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, September 11, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.)

  • omen

    the one that got to me was seeing footage of an old man unselfconsciously
    and desperately kissing the name engraved on top of the wall three times, running along the length of the name. i felt embarrassed to witness such an intimate moment. for the first time, it made me conceptualize grief as hunger.

    i’m torn about this. on one hand, the old man’s space and privacy should have been respected. on the other, national tragedy needs to acknowledged. the saying goes “never forget.”  but acknowledgement requires explanation. how can one never forget 9/11 yet turn a blind eye to the coverup?

    there are twin heartbreaks here: an attack inflicted by terrorism…and the betrayal by a government who spent the entire summer ignoring the threat al qaeda presented to the general public, by failing to give warning (numerous countries passed along intelligence that warned of impending attacks) while at the same time, tightening security for the president and government officials. if this negligence isn’t held accountable, it will only happen again. the old man deserves justice.

  • omen

    muslim prayers reminded me of how iran held candlelight vigils to express their solidarity in grief. while looking for those images, i ran across palestinians as well expressing sympathy. something i hadn’t seen or heard about before.

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