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Learning From Our Mistakes
By Ricky Allen
Jun 18, 2004 - 10:45:00 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It wasn’t a hot New York Minute when I stepped into a local fast food restaurant when I heard this young lady fussing about the 9/11 hearings.

“Why doesn’t the government just fess up and say they made some mistakes? They’re dancing around it.”

I thought to myself a line from Oliver Stone’s classic mob movie “Scarface” just at that second.

“You need people like you can point your finger and say, that’s the bad guy.”

America-let’s go to the world of common sense for a minute. Yes, mistakes were made…it’s just the fact the 9/11 attacks brought them horribly to light. Two, if there were no attacks, were mistakes going to continue? Who would have known because we weren’t pointing fingers.

This is where we all fall short of reason. We have to have somebody, or someone to point a finger at. It’s human, you know. However, we never enjoy the process of the finger pointing. For 9/11, it was the commission, which clearly identified the fact there were serious problems with just about…everything.

But whose to blame?

We’ll keep looking, and we’ll keep talking, and we’ll keep complaining. Still in all we are not letting their deaths go away, but are we letting them rest peacefully?

We all pray that when our time comes that when it’s all said and done life goes one, but never forgets. We should try to move on and keep the memory and the lessons learned in our hearts so that we can change things in a positive way. That way, when “everyone leaves the room,” that person will know what to do.

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