Posted by Erik on November 13, 2009
I’ve been trying to sort through my feelings about the USS New York since I heard about the warship christening last week, and I think that “saddened” about covers it. I’m saddened that, basically, everybody in the decision making process in our government felt that making yet another weapon was the best possible response to 9/11; that a unique opportunity was missed to take another path and use this highly symbolic and emotionally charged steel to create something that would work for peace instead of against it; and that a part of me responds to the symbolism with a touch of pride.
How powerful a message this warship sends is missed by nobody; but how powerful would have been the message had this 7.5 tons of steel gone instead to build something designed to give life, rather than take it away? Especially in conjunction with the news from Fort Hood, I am simply… saddened… as I see the great cycle of unnecessary death rolling forever on into the future.