What does this day mean to you?
It was an horrific assault on USA sovereign soil, there's no denying that and my heart goes out to the families and friends of those who suffered loss.
The title: "The Day the Earth Stood Still" reflects how shocking the realisation was that, for the first time, the impregnable, and all-powerful USA was actually shown to be vulnerable to attacks by fanatical, misguided individuals.
The British suffered the Blitz followed by countless terrorist atrocities and have realised that to have a national day of mourning for each and every event would probably require more days than the calendar posesses.
It's hard to say this without coming across as callous, (which is not my intention at all), but there have been, and still are, greater losses of life through atrocity going on in the world. Unfortunately, these atrocities are going on in places which have no significant resources nor any viable access to the world media. Therefore, they are mostly ignored.
As with any horrific event, it is not so much that it happened but more how positively we proceed from such events that counts in the long run.
Burning sacred texts, torturing, persecuting and denigrating innocent human beings who just happen to be of the same religious/cultural background as the lunatic perpetrators, curbing rights to freedom of expression, etc, are all acts which will simply perpetuate the cycle of fear, ignorance and reprisal; the "nyeh-nyeh nyeh-nyeh-nyeh!" scholl of international relations.
Sure, retaliation is a right I would deny no-one - go ahead, get it out of your sysytem - It's cathartic, I'm sure. I'm no sandal-wearing liberal - as even a cursory scan of my journal will tell you - but nothing, I mean, nothing will be resolved until there is dialogue and, through that, understanding and tolerance.
All the while international 'diplomacy' is really being decided by self-serving profiteers and international panic for future resources, we will never break the cycle.
Personally, I don't see a resolution any time soon.