Deval Patrick on 9/11 tragedy

I heard snippets of Deval Patrick’s speech commemorating the 6th anniversary of 9/11.  I was most struck by his insightful and thoughtful understanding of human emotions and how our failure to love each other has caused this tragic war.  His words ring true for all generations to admire and this particular quote I found haunting:

”Among many other things, Sept. 11 was a failure of human understanding. It was a mean and nasty and bitter attack on the United States,” said Gov. Deval Patrick. ”But it was also about the failure of human beings to understand each other and to learn to love each other. It seems to me that lesson and that warning is something that we must carry with us every day.”

The terrorists were mean, nasty and bitter.  Well said Mr. Governor.  They were in fact mean, nasty and bitter.  And, the problem was our failure to love them.  So, in an effort to reconcile ourselves to the world I am going to offer a free seminar that will help us to understand these people more.  Only when “we” change will the terrorists be less nasty and bitter.  You see, we are causing them to be nasty and bitter.  The problem is “us”.  To enroll in the free seminar please visit where you can sign up for the many fun programs that will teach us how to love each other.  The program begins with a You-Need-A-Hug session and then we go right into the Hands-Around-Ted-Kennedy circle in which we sing Kumbaya for three verses.  Register now and get a free “Bush Hater Club” T-shirt.

Have a less nasty day and remember “I love you”.


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  • “mean and nasty”….these are the types that pull a girl’s hair, give weaker kids swirlies or, on the extreme, kill kittens for fun.

    “bitter”….that’s my sister.

    This was about pure evil…about specifically targetting innocent people to make a point. 

    This was about members of an unreformed religion, stuck in the 16th century, that cannot live in the modern world with other-minded people so long as they MUST follow verbatim the words of their unreformed book that says:

    Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

    World life will be much less violent as soon as Islam reforms itself.  Until then, this is the face of “their” enemy.


  • THIS is the face of “their” enemy:

  • MerrimackMan

    But 9/11 was a failure of human understanding. Bill Clinton thought being President was just one big fun party, and that he didn’t actually have to do anything, aka, like respond to any of the multiple Terrorist attacks in the 1990’s.

    At least he applyed Deval’s advice to “love each other” to his interns…