Monday, September 11, 2006

Former NYC Cop Lost Son on 9-11

Parade Magazine had an article about Wilton Sekzer, a former New York City cop, who lost his son Jason on 9-11. It is a powerful moving story, one worth reading. On the anniversary of this tragic event our nation struggles with its grief for the lost, yet it also looks for a rudder to steer out nation in the ever stormy seas.

Mr. Sekzer believed out leaders when they said Iraq deserved to be the next target as it had links to 9-11. Wanting revenge, he lobbied the military to write his son’s name on bombs. After hearing the President say “we’ve had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11th attacks”, the revenge driven father said:

“What did he just say?” I mean, I almost jumped out of my chair. I said, “What is he talking about? What the hell did we go in there for? If Saddam didn’t have anything to do with 9/11, then why did we go in there?”

Wilton realized America’s leaders are helping to kick up the spray on the world’s stormy seas. How do we honor the fallen, while doing our best not to create more? Mr. Sekzer’s story being told nationwide around the anniversary of 9-11 may help our nation wrestle with this question. It is a good sign.

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