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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:57 am    Post subject: "September 2001" Reply with quote

I propose a change of name.

"nine eleven" and "nine one one" both already have a distinct
meaning in American English. They refer to the number to call
in case of emergency.

While the two ideas do collide in an interesting way (a terrorist
attack is an emergency, and 911 is who you call in an emergency),
it is time to let it go, and to allow 911 to return to its original meaning.

"September eleven", like "nine eleven" and "nine one one" are
annual events, like a birthday, so psychologically, 9/11 may have
passed some months back, and its set to happen some months ahead.

If we must refer to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in the
terminology of dates, let it be "September 2001". Let's put the
events of that day into some perspective. Is it something we must
be mindful of whenever we are referring to dates during September
2010? 2015? "September 2001" refers to a specific time period in
the past. As I write this, it will soon be the 6 year "anniversary".
"September 2001" was 6 years ago, "September 11" (and variants)
happen every year, every 12 months.

I recommend that whenever you have occasion to refer to the terrorist
attacks of that date, you use the phrase "September 2001". Let's
start seeing terrorism with some deeper perspective. As terrible as
the events that day were, and aware as I am that more needs to be
done to respond to those events, as a nation and as a society we have
other important problems we need to dig into.

I find it distorts our national discourse having so much of what we read
and hear funneled through the lens of fear-of-terrorism. Frankly,
I'd expect thoughtful conservatives to agree with me. Both parties
ought to be driven, to a considerable degree, by optimism about the
future. Fear paralyzes. It drops the scope of our timeframes from
the coming months and years, down to dealing with the immediate
situation. It supports war and the erosion of civil rights. People
become willing to give away the liberties that our founding fathers
fought and died for.

Less fear please, and more perspective. Lets use "September 2001".
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think both are usable.

9/11 to me refers to the local, New York City event -- the "disaster" that police and fire responded to...the physical destruction of the World Trade Center.

September 2001 refers to the entire range of attacks on American soil and the beginning of an overt War on Terror.

So, I agree with you about using September 2001 in that context.
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