It's been 15 years.
And it's still being used to justify a host of abominations including the unleashing of a savage slaughter not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but all across the Middle East and into Africa and Europe.
And inside America, 9/11 has been used to defend the destruction of our civil liberties, including the loss of our privacy and the ever-increasing cult of authority worship that often results in police-sanctioned murder.
Our emotions are twisted to endorse and encourage expensive and endless war while basic governmental services are bankrupted.
Just think where we'd be if the past 15 years had witnessed even a minimal investment in education, environmental protection, infrastructure replacement and expansion, health care, scientific and technological development and support for the arts other humanities.
All those trillions were instead spent on wars -- based on lies -- used to increase profits for Big Oil, and to a lesser extent, ensure protection for Israel -- whose policy of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians make it a target of not only Arabs, but anyone with a conscience.
If we memorialize and mourn, couldn't we also grieve for all those tens of thousands of innocents we directly killed as "collateral damage'' and the millions more who died only because our lust for an antiquated and planet-destroying energy source unleashed a global bloodbath?
At the least, we should finally conduct an honest inquiry into what drove the 9/11 hijackers -- almost all of whom were from our medieval ally, Saudi Arabia.
We need to finally face the truth: Long before 9/11 we ignited a deep hatred of our support of brutally repressive Middle Eastern regimes -- Arab and Israeli. All too often that support enabled torture and murder of those who simply sought justice in their native lands.
To borrow from Malcom X, 9/11 was an example of the chickens coming home to roost.
I have enormous sympathy and compassion for the American victims of 9/11, their families and their other loved ones and friends.
But they deserve the truth -- and not to be manipulated to further enable a grotesque American evil.