Kathryn Lopez

We're told that our emotions may be too "raw" to make the existence of a movie about the events of Sept. 11 appropriate. Damn straight the emotions are raw.

The war we're in is in the present tense and it will be for a long haul. We had better get used to it. We owe it to our heroes - to those who died on that Boeing 757 that crashed in a field and to the military men and women and families who are committed, with their very lives, to freedom. If you commute in a major American city Monday through Friday, how can you not have some real, even personal, sense of the threat? The raw emotion needn't be a debilitating emotion, but a knowing one. So many families who have lost and are sacrificing in this war know it best. And it's only normal and healthy -- that our culture would respond to these realities. A movie highlighting a brave group of Americans in this war on terror -- I can think of a lot worse.

Until we face the naked truth of the brutality of what we're up against, we're more vulnerable than we need to be. One headline about moviegoers' outrage at the "United 93" trailer described audiences as "jolted" by the existence of the movie. Well, as were about to hit the five-year mark in this war on terror, it's about time we're jolted already.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.