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In defense of unity

The commemorations at Ground Zero on Sunday, Sept. 11, for the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were moving and even uplifting. It was especially affecting to see so many family members of those who were killed that day give tribute to their loved ones, reciting their names and poignantly saying goodbye once more. Seeing so many people at the site in New York City feeling the same things, supporting one another despite any other differences they may have, brought back the feeling of unity that was so strong in the days, weeks and months following 9/11. It is a paradox that such national harmony came out of those awful attacks, and it is regretful that 10 years later there is so much more national discord. The factions among and within our political parties have become so highly polarized. Now, leading into the election cycles of 2011 and 2012, would be a good time to remember that we are all Americans, after all, and that when push comes to shove we are all indeed on the same side.

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