Reflection, a decade later.

If we want to commemorate the event by expressing our hostility to the people who brought it about and the ideas they serve, let us today celebrate everything they hate: freedom, science, secularism, religious tolerance, and equality for women.

I hate to post anything about the 9/11 anniversary. My deepest conviction about the event is that, from the day it happened, we’ve talked about it far too much, unduly empowering the purveyors of politicized violence. (Just as we – and I’m looking hardest at you ABC, with your terminally stupid “America Held Hostage” – empowered the worst elements of the Iranian Revolution by making too big a fuss about the Embassy takeover. Jimmy Carter didn’t help by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree on the Mall.)

That said, if we want to commemorate the event by expressing our hostility to the people who brought it about and the ideas they serve, let us today celebrate everything they hate: freedom, reasoned discourse, science, secularism, religious tolerance, and equality for women, while renouncing bigotry and mindless cruelty.

Otherwise, the terrorists will have won.