- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 1, 2002

Nobles: The Americans who completed the Herculean task of clearing away the debris at the site of the World Trade Center three months ahead of schedule, under budget and without the loss of a single worker.
Perhaps the only thing comparable to the hell-field ruin of the World Trade Center is the eternal resting place of those who caused it. But the clean-up workers came on, undeterred by their personal losses, the ghastly carnage, the infernal infernos and the unbreathable air. Exhaustion merely slowed their round-the-clock exertions. Memorializing the fallen merely paused it.
Now their efforts have come to an end after at least 1.5 million hours of labor and the removal of nearly 2 million tons of debris in almost 110,000 truckloads. They found more than 1,100 victims who have already been identified and the remains of many more.
Perhaps the only individuals as enduring as the clean-up workers were the volunteers on whom they depended for sustenance. Some 5,000 individuals served up 500,000 meals at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and thousands of others in the Salvation Army provided similar services. They were doctors and nurses, cooks and cleaners, massage therapists and ministers.
They came and served out of their love of country, their instinctive sense of citizenship. And now, at the end of their labors, each one of the workers and volunteers will carry with them the proud memory of their efforts.

Knave: Anticipated Harvard commencement speaker Zayed Yasin, who plans to urge his fellow students to apply the idea of jihad to their lives next week during his jeremiad originally titled "Of Faith and Citizenship: My American Jihad."
It's as if a commencement speaker proffered an oration titled "American bushido" in the spring of 1942, and doubly as offensive after all, at least Pearl Harbor was a military target. The World Trade Center was not.
Yet Mr. Yasin would merely be a voice crying in the wilderness (preferably near Tora Bora or Robert's Ridge) were it not for the Harvard faculty who selected him as one of three winners of a commencement oration competition. Michael Shinagel called the speech a "thoughtful oration" and suggested that the audience would find Mr. Yasin's speech "a light of hope and reason in a world often darkened by distrust and conflict."
That that world has been greatly darkened by those who applied the concept of jihad to their lives is a concept that apparently escaped Mr. Mr. Shinagel's attention. So, apparently, did a few other events the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, the attacks on September 11. So did the thought that some of the students attending the commencement ceremony might have been touched in a terrible way by the tragedies.
But, beyond Mr. Shinagel's and Mr. Yasin's insensitivity (admittedly, a mortal sin in their circles), their most serious crime is that they, and so many like them at Harvard, have forgotten their citizenship. Clearly, an Ivy League education ought to include a tour of the World Trade Center site.

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