Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
A few months ago, I wrote that heroes and monsters are as subjective as the person pointing them out. I think this will be particularly true for United 93.
So far, I've only heard positive things about United 93 despite some pre-film arguments that it was released too soon or that it would cause additional suffering to people still grieving unfinished lives. I plan to see the film and I defend the freedom of speech and expression of those associated with its development and release.
However, I do have one regret -- one sinking, unfaltering, sick regret in the pit of my stomach that tells the hair on my neck to quiver every time I see the United 93 trailer -- one gnawing, throat clogging, nerve wrenching, blood curdling regret --
Terrorists get to see this film, too.
Like us, terrorists will see heroes who summon up all their courage and determination and ultimately defeat their enemies. They'll be inspired by the singlemindedness of characters who played a key role that day and they may even leave with a renewed sense of patriotism because like us, they will believe in their hearts that failure was still a victory.
We see heroes. They see heroes. We see monsters. They see monsters. But we'll be looking at different faces.