Letter: A Jan. 6 commission does not negate horrors of 9/11

To the Editor:

Mr. Robert Gephardt, I respectfully disagree with your premise that the Capitol insurrection does not deserve a commission because not as many lives were lost or families impacted as on 9/11. This is not a zero-sum game. Finding out what happened when Americans attacked our Capitol does not take away from the horror of 9/11.

If we were to use your equivalency, then we should not have bothered with a 9/11 commission because the number of lives lost on 9/11 is nothing compared with the more than 6 million Jewish lives that were lost in concentration camps during World War II. Finding the causes of the 9/11 attack has no connection to the loss of life in the concentration camps; nor does gathering all the available information about the attack on the Capitol have anything to do with the 9/11 terrorist attack. The only connection is using the term “9/11-style commission.”

Both 9/11 and the attack on the Capitol had a tragic impact on our country. We need to uncover all of the facts so that Americans attacking law enforcement personnel and elected officials does not become the norm. As the sign in front of an emotional piece of art in the Dachau concentration camp says, “Nie wieder” … never again.

Megan Doherty