When will Americans regain our collective capacity for empathy? How many Americans honoring the dead of 9/11/2001 do not see the families of the millions of dead in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya? 9/11 does not exist as an attack separate from the US vengeance in response to that attack. It cannot be disconnected from the 1.3 million Iraqi dead from a U.S. war of revenge against a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack against the U.S. Who cares about the one million war widows in Iraq from three decades of war there? Why do they not have an international day of mourning for their losses at the hands of the US? If you have not already, watch “Beyond Belief,” (netflix), the story of two New York widows from the 9/11 attack who began to imagine what life was like for Afghan widows. And then they did something about it. Empathy took them beyond their own suffering.
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