After 9/11: The limits of remembrance—By David Rieff (Harper’s Magazine)

The ghost at the banquet of all public commemoration is always politics—above all, the mobilization of solidarity […] It is about the reaffirming of group loyalty rather than the establishing of historical accuracy, let alone the presenting of an event in all its moral and political complexity.

After 9/11: The limits of remembrance—By David Rieff (Harper’s Magazine)