If 9/11 happened again today, it be different. The heartaches would still be the same, the losses would still be the same. The anger at who did it would still be the same. But here’s the difference and you did not see it in 2001, but believe me you would see it today.

The blame game that the two political parties have increasingly waged would be out in full force. They wouldn’t see it as another tragedy, they would see it as an opportunity to score political points. The people of this nation will never be the people that were here on Sept. 12, 2001, again. You ask me “How can you say that?” Read on.

Today as many people die from COVID in two days as all the people who died in the 9/11 attacks. The tragedy of 9/11 is it could have been prevented and the tragedy of this pandemic is much of it could have been prevented, too. We have lost more people to this disease than all of the wars since World War I. This didn’t have to happen and we’re nowhere near the finish line with this disease. Why is the death toll today so much more acceptable?

Tom Brokaw wrote a book called “The Greatest Generation.” It chronicled the stories of people who survived the great depression and World War II. There have been several generations since that time but none ever rose to the heights of self-sacrifice, responsibility, love of country and their fellow countrymen than those people. We will never see that kind of sacrifice again, no matter the problems. We’re not capable of it anymore.

Paul McCartney wrote, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as if they’re here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday.”

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Mike Holst