Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the Algemeiner, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, Jihad Watch, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, Jewish Press, J-The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and many others.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Ground Zero: Leave No One Behind

When I read that over 100 pieces of human remains had been uncovered at Ground Zero last month, my thoughts immediately turned to the WTC Families For Proper Burial. This is an organization comprised of people who lost family members in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and it's been pushing city officials to conduct a thorough forensic search of the area ever since.

After having heard from founder Diane Horning (she and her husband Kurt lost their son in the WTC), I referenced the group in a follow-up blog post to an SFGate article I'd written titled, "The Cheapening of Ground Zero."

With the recent discovery and in some cases identification of further human remains, it seems the group's mission has at last been vindicated, although sadly, their struggle continues. Members have been protesting Mayor Bloomberg's decision to go ahead with the construction of the Freedom Tower until all remains are found.

While I would like to see the memorial site built as quickly as possible, we owe it to those who lost their lives that terrible day to fully excavate the area first. And the least we can do for their families is to give their loved ones a proper burial and literally put the dead to rest. We as a nation require no less.

I believe the following poem, posted in the Kesher Talk comments section accompanying "Ground Zero Revisited" and reprinted here with the blessing of its author, Del "Abe" Jones, says it best:

Leave No One Behind

They have found some more remains
That have lain hidden for so long
And no matter what excuse they make
There is something surely wrong.

What if you were a Family
Who had nothing to lay to rest
And then, now it begins all over
As new hopes are put to an old test.

They want to have some closure
A place to visit those they lost
To have a private place to go
The least deserved, for their awful cost.

Haven't they lost enough?
Haven't they felt enough pain?
Without wondering, “How many more?”
Places not searched, still remain.

It seems to be really obvious
These lost ones should have been found
Back then, not five years later
Once more the victims were let down.

With all of our technologies
And with proper leaders in place
GZ should be searched once more
For even the smallest trace.

How much longer must those souls wait
And will the families ever really know
Some peace and put them to rest
In some private place where they can go.

All Americans should be outraged
With many from some other Nations
Just one more thing to add to
The list of family's frustrations.

We shouldn't blame the workers
Those in charge are those to blame
Like almost all priorities
Just part of the money game.

Just like the “Commission”
The only way things will get done
Is when the People demand it
And we should, each and everyone.

Bureaucracy and politics
Have once more raised their ugly head
Bowing to uncaring sources
And not doing what's right, instead.

Del “Abe” Jones

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.


Blogger Cinnamon said...

Singer/songwriter Tom Cheston (, another GZ-related person I've been in touch with via my articles and blog posts on the subject (he's referenced here: sent me the following very nice message and asked me to post it here for him.


Dear Cinnamon,

I admire your character as much as your very fine (and cerebral) writing talent. I admire that you speak out about WTC. Your support of Diane and all of the Families is very moving. I saw pictures of Matthew Horning and Christopher Ingrassia last evening on the network news and I reflected on Diane and Kurt's work as well as the excellent and timely contributions from people like you who can't "let it go"...... who simply won't let it go.I admire your ability to see both through and beyond the politics. Although our politics differ, I will continue to follow your work and I appreciate the example you are setting in support of non-partisan civility in the midst of the partisan brick throwing from all sides of the aisle. The chasm is a few steps narrower because of you.

Tom Chelston

Saturday, November 04, 2006 10:14:00 AM  

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