9/11 is a tough mixed bag but ultimately it’s all hard.

A reminder that we are complex beings and although trauma makes it more difficult, we can hold multiple competing thoughts at once. /1
I continually feel a lot of complicated thoughts about the traumatic event that terrorized entire people’s and lost us so many brave emergency responders. I abhor the violence & bigotry bred from that trauma that continues to be pervasive. /2
I have complicated feelings of deep gratitude that a teacher rushed our history class in front of a TV to watch the 2nd plane hit in real time. I think abt how seeing that terrorism in that moment differed from my countless hours analyzing terrorist acts in the military /3
Having experienced significant racism & xenophobia in my youth, in the military, as a veteran and in my life, the entrenched and inextricable #Islamophobia tied to 9/11 and in the name of national security grates me religionnews.com/2018/09/10/sev…
One of the most impactful moments of my life was sitting in a classroom learning & being mentored by an FBI counterintelligence agent who was a core team member on the scene on 9/11. Like myself, his parents were immigrants and his words will stay with me forever /5
& I dont care for the #NeverForget slogan. I think ppl can’t forget that tragic day. Or hate crimes they mayve experienced thereafter. But many have lost sight of the bigger picture & the endless war that started & has been continued by capitalizing on our fears & trauma
I’ll end with this important piece by @JoeQuinnRWB that deeply resonates, esp this:

“We’ll say, “Until Valhalla,” after hearing the news of another brother killed, but perhaps preventing more brothers from dying is just as worthy of their sacrifice.”
nytimes.com/2018/09/10/opi…

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“My biggest fear is my Commander will call ICE”

Unfuckingbelievable. This kind of scapegoating and betrayal after giving up your life to become part of the shrinking pool of people who serve in uniform, is unconscionable and dangerous #WhereisMattis #VetsAgainstTrump
What is unfathomable is the hypocrisy. This soldier clearly passed the Army’s standards & requirements- around training, health, behavior/comportment- kept her nose clean, did her job for 4 yrs. All just for this soldier to be kicked out w no real cause & risk #deportation.
You know how isn’t always kicked out of our #military with this kind of vigor?

Sexual predators and criminals

Corrupt, fraud-waste power abusers

Dirtbags

White supremacists

Hyper-religious homophobic commanders who still don’t respect or uphold open service policies
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