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so, in a valiant effort to escape the never-ending 9/11 programming, i opted for a think piece. a tiny little movie that i meant to see in the theater, but just never caught -- donnie darko. it stars jake gyllenhaal, who i love for his role in rocket boys. it's an odd thing about west virginians...anyone involved in anything remotely related to west virginia has our fierce loyalty, as though they were somehow one of us just by their participation. actually, it's only those people who participate in positive projects about west virginia. like that one time when marion ross played a hick from west virginia on the love boat and the then-secretary of state wrote a scathing letter to her. mrs. c didn't get any love from the mountaineers on that one, my friend.

i feel i may have digressed.

anyway, donnie darko. i think this is a love-it/hate-it kinda movie. i loved it. although i do not claim that it is without huge, gaping flaws (the inexplicable throwaway roles of drew barrymore and noah wyle, the lack of interpersonal relationship development to give certain events a more believable feel, the amazingly baffling plot that still has me scratching my head...although i don't actually think that's a flaw), it certainly was an ambitious piece of work. and that's a big deal to me. i'm quick to give credit to someone who is reaching for something new and exciting, even if their capabilities aren't up to the reach. the writer-director is only 26...i'm anxious to see what he does next. and, as an aside, gyllenhaal's performance was wonderful and that six-foot tall "rabbit" was way scarier than anything from lord of the rings. i would definitely recommend this to some people (mike), but definitely not to others (my sister).

so, i made it through 9/11 relatively unscathed. i'll admit that i'm still quick to cry when i see the images, or hear the stories of survivors. and i'll never forget that day here in dc. but, while i don't forget, i do wonder...what now? where do we go from here? what did we learn? what lasting change will come of this? will we really seek out war in response? why didn't i invest in red, white and blue ribbon?

i struggle with this talk of war with iraq. our government parades its evidence in support of attacking iraq in front of us daily: they have "weapons of mass destruction." they have biological weapons capabilities. they're mean, and that one especially mean guy embarrassed my dad and made him lose to that guy from arkansas.

but, here's the thing: the united states has weapons of mass destruction. and, just last week, there was a news story about a security breach at a biological weapons facility in one of those square states out west somewhere. so, here's my question: how come we're allowed to have all this stuff, but we think that no one else should have it? how can we talk about going to war with a country because they have the same toys we do, and we don't like that? something seems fundamentally wrong with that logic. who died and left us to be the boss of all the other countries?! who do we think we are? and there are still americans who don't understand why the rest of the world doesn't love us. don't misunderstand -- our actions around the world don't justify what happened on 9/11. but, in my opinion, our actions around the world made it an inevitability.
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