Ten Years On

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, I thought it wise to start the week with this notice. It is not set up for commenting and I am going to leave it as a "sticky" at the top of the page all week.

As you know, all reasoned and thoughtful opinions are welcome here. We come here from diverse backgrounds but we are united in a larger purpose...financial survival through the coming economic tribulation. Because of this commonality, our site is frequented by religious and agnostics. It is frequented by conservatives, libertarians and liberals. It is utilized by men and women, music-video lovers and music-video haters. It is also the domain of intelligent people who either believe or disbelieve the "official record" of 9/11/01.

The Turd is a believer. However, there are many folks here, for whom I have great respect, that are not believers. I'm not going to try to convince them that they are wrong any more than they are going to convince me that they are correct. In the "fog of war", many things happened that day that remain controversial. The future clearly holds more arguments and investigations. However, I do not wish to see those arguments here this week.

As we approach this "anniversary", I humbly ask that you refrain from arguing the controversial points of 9/11 on the main page. If you have theories you would like to advance and discuss, please utilize the forums. If you haven't been to that section of the site before, you'll find a "forums" link in the navigation bar above. The site was created with a specific "conspiracy theory" forum so that like-minded individuals would have a designated spot to meet and share ideas. The purpose of the forum is to keep the main blog and comments centered on precious metals and the end of the Great Keynesian Experiment.

The next seven days are certain to bring an extra level of angst for all of us. No matter where you were that day, no matter which country you call home, the events of 9/11 are indelibly etched in your mind. This anniversary week is about remembrance. It is not about arguing. It is about tragedy, sadness and resolve. It is not about petty bickering and name-calling. It is about inclusiveness not division. It is about respect for life and respect for your fellow human beings. 

A few months before his death, a similar tragedy that has left us with as many questions as answers, President John F. Kennedy was asked to give the commencement address at American University in Washington, D.C. It was an insightful, forward-thinking speech and I thought it appropriate to share with you the passage below. Please try to keep these sentiments in mind as you make your way through the days ahead.

"So let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal."

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkamericanuniversityaddress.html