This is another link worth reading, I think. It's from the Christian Science Monitor.
What I think we have to realize is another attack by terrorists, especially if they end up homegrown is fought more by education than by military might. It's when people realize the value of their own lives, the gift they were given to be born and get this chance at living, that they will reject blowing themselves up for a promise of heavenly reward that is uncertain. It's not just about economics but about a view of life and how to live it.
Until this all arose, I didn't realize the site has been called Ground Zero. I really really dislike that name for it. It implies that what happened there is still controlling what we do. Yes, the killers were Islamic but they were not the majority in Islam anymore than the killer of Dr. Tiller represents the majority of Christians. Both though are part of segments that choose violence rather than reason as a way to win their point.
Like it is with so many issues, the right wing and left wing throw out a lot of propaganda and interpret things to suit an agenda. It takes education of Americans to sort through that to the reality. That doesn't happen on either side when hate and fear rule.
The right is trying to paint Imam Rauf as some symbol for bin Laden but he's really the opposite of that. When we discourage that growth in Islam, when we try to isolate and Satan-ize it, we end its chances of growing in positive ways and bearing fruit. It's like an orchard, you prune out the bad stuff to enable the good to produce. If you read what he said at the memorial service for Daniel Pearl, you see the two opposite views in action. One murdered a man for no reason other than hate. The other talked of the love that all religions should have at their epicenter.
Why I don't like the title Ground Zero is I think the epicenter of our country should not be a tragedy and a horrible event. People died there. A memorial to them is appropriate. Us not forgetting it can happen again and working to prevent that is appropriate but that cannot be the center of us as a people. We are bigger than that. Aren't we?