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When David Letterman came back to do his show on CBS just six days after 9/11, he had an incredible monologue that you can directly apply to today’s awful events. Here’s the part that I’ll never forget:
“The reason we were attacked, the reason these people are dead, these people are missing and dead, and they weren’t doing anything wrong, they were living their lives, they were going to work, they were traveling, they were doing what they normally do. As I understand it (and my understanding of this is vague at best), another smaller group of people stole some airplanes and crashed them into buildings. And we’re told that they were zealots, fueled by religious fervor… religious fervor. And if you live to be a thousand years old, will that make any sense to you? Will that make any Goddamned sense?” -David Letterman, The Late Show, 9/17/01
It’s just about 3:40pm Pacific as I’m witnessing the horrors that are happening in France via our various American news channels. I feel helpless, as I’m sure many of us do. Hug your loved ones. Do good things for others. Eat with your friends. Think globally if you don’t already. Terrible events like this change the world in ways we can’t imagine.
I mean, France has closed its borders. When’s the last time that ever happened?
Politically, we can only guess right now what will happen. Leave it to us Americans to think how it will immediately affect us, right? Well, here’s the truth about that statement: since we’re all here and not really able to do much else, this is what we do. We express ourselves. I’m going express myself, and I hardly care if it’s just me talking to a brick wall at the moment. Let’s be clear: this is France’s 9/11, it just happened on a different date.
Every political debate going forward will change. Not just for the United States, but for every Western-oriented country in the world. The candidates in the US that are more right-leaning (and hawkish) will likely get more of a following in the polls, since these terrorist attacks are upsetting the apple cart, the horse leading it, and the alcoholic driving it.
It’s a serious time, and very serious events will follow, hopefully all in the vein to resolve and squash all who would murder innocent people.
Je suis Paris.