Enough of 9/11 Already!

Arrrrgh. Another maudlin 9/11 commemorative is drawing closer – this time with even more dramatic intensity, being the 10th anniversary of the completely avoidable attacks on the American “homeland” that supposedly “changed everything” (i.e., provided a convenient excuse for the previous U.S. administration to launch two ruinous conflicts on the other side of the world in addition to a ridiculously absurd and heinously expensive “global war on terrorism”).

Surely, I’m not alone in being absolutely fed up with hearing about 9/11… whether it be the endless conspiracy theories concerning the event, the revisionist historical recollections of war criminals like Bush and Cheney, or the fake sentimentality of cynical political hacks like Guiliani (that have profited immensely from the tragedy, btw) trotted out for the occasion, it’s just all become soooo incredibly tiresome.

Update: Speaking of Rudy Guiliani, Lawrence O’Donnell rips “America’s Mayor” a new one in his “Rewrite” segment.

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32 responses to “Enough of 9/11 Already!

  1. Fred from BC

    the revisionist historical recollections of war criminals like Bush and Cheney

    Mindlessly parroting this kind of juvenile left-wing dogma is living proof that while aging is mandatory, growing up is optional.

  2. I think it IS interesting to perhaps revisit, 10 years later, the impact or meaning of that event (maybe I’m biased because my thoughts were published in Canada.com this week).

    But my take is sort of hopeful – that as horrific as that moment was, we recover and move one – and maintain our optomism that there is a better tomorrow – and the fear and hate mongers are doomed to lose.

    Because people wil always, in the long run, work towards peace and decency.

    Assholes like GWB and OBL are momentary abberations. Scuttling crabs on the sands of time.

  3. Fred: Spare me your patronizing bullshit.

    I would say that launching an illegal war under patently false pretenses that results in the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people is a criminal venture.

    How you regard that as “left-wing dogma” escapes me. There are plenty of people of all political stripes who feel quite strongly that Bush and Cheney are unindicted war criminals.

  4. Rob: I concur entirely with your sentiments, but unfortunately, simply “moving on” with confident optimism is NOT what happened post 9/11. Instead, America got the odious Patriot Act and a nightmarish bureaucracy known as the Department of Homeland Security. Not to mention the event having precipitated two completely needless and heinously expensive wars which are still dragging on interminably…

    We here in Canada haven’t been immune to the same panic-induced nonsense, forced as we are to toe the American line with regards to pervasive (and largely useless) “security” measures that are irksome annoyances to travelers in addition to being a significant economic drag on our international trade community. And, of course, our own ramped up involvement in the ultra-futile war in Afghanistan that for years was marketed by the Conservatives as being an effort to combat terrorism by the perpetrators of 9/11, yadda yadda…

    By the way, what’s the link to your article? I’d like to read it.

  5. Lately, I’ve been thinking about political evolution in terms of centuries… it’s easier to be optimisitic that way – when we look to the progress of humanity as a whole from the dark ages to today.

    So – while I think you are right, that there is currently a continued response to 911 that is being capitalized by the fear-mongers, along with every other effort to accomplish the impossible, namely, assuring that no one, ever, dies.. I also think that most people, when they get on a plane or a subway, don’t fear the evil amongst us. The accept the risk inherent in life, and, consciously or unconsciously belief that “we” – the normal, the peaceful, the relatively decent – will overcome.

    And we will.

    We will, over time, discover what works and what doesn’t for the benefit of the maximum welfare of society – which will NEVER, in the long run, be based upon hate and fear.

    Just my $.02

    Oh. And my link in Canada.com is here:

    http://www.canada.com/news/Robert+Harvie+world+stopped+making+sense/5308901/story.html

  6. ATY: Great article. Talk about the moral hazard of perverse incentives writ large…

  7. MoS

    Oh, yippee! They’re already out with the 9/11 10th anniversary commemorative coins.
    http://www.symbolarts.com/cart/affiliations/never-forget.html?limit=30&gclid=CKyf6p3q-qoCFQVrgwodahxS5Q

  8. John harker

    The September 11th memorials have become quite maudlin if you ask me. It seems to be an excuse for any new security measure that violates our privacy.

  9. Rob: Thanks for the link.

    For all our optimistic belief in uplifting “progress” it seems there is always a dark flipside to mankind that contradicts it in the sort of “pure evil” you mention, characterized most notably throughout the ages by mindless destruction, calculated sadism, ruthless brutality, and mass slaughter.

    One can easily dismiss those as aberrations, I suppose, but what then are we to make of a world that has knowingly structured itself on a system where billions of people on this planet subsist on less than $2/day and untold millions die every year from lack of water, food, or basic sanitation? Surely, that too is a kind of “evil” we condone with our tacit approval…

  10. MoS: Hard to believe these ghoulish trinkets actually have a market.

  11. Randy S.L.

    Thanks for posting. I just googled “enough of 9/11” because those are my sentiments as well. Yes, 9/11 was horrific, but I clearly remember on that day that one of my overwhelming thoughts was, “Oh, shit. Bush is going to win election, and that’s far worse in the long run than the lives lost today.” He had had a lousy first eight months in office and was well on his way to a one-term presidency. Then that goddamn bullhorn moment. I truly began to be embarrassed by my country for the idiotic way we reacted to 9/11. It’s all been downhill since. The terrorists won. They won big time. 9/11 anniversaries don’t remind me how resilient Americans are. They just remind me how much we suck.

  12. MoS

    @RSL. On 9/12 I wrote my Dad that what had happened was not an act of war but a crime but that I feared the White House would use it as a pretext for war. I was well aware of the manifesto of the Project for the New American Century (it was boldly presented on their web site) and how easily 9/11 could be exploited to serve their ends. That Cheney and Rumsfeld, along with Wolfowitz, Perle and Feith, were already inside the administration made that a virtual certainty and, as feared, the PNAC ambitions became the core of the Bush Doctrine. At that point, war with Iraq was all but certain no matter how contrived and tortured the case to justify that had to be. In a somewhat circuitous way, 9/11 accelerated America’s decline, undermined American civil and political rights and, through clumsy and poorly-executed interventions, energized al Qaeda.

  13. Well said.

    I think that shortly following the initial shock of the event many of us shared feelings of almost certain dread that it would be used as a pretext for war of some kind. The retaliatory strike against Afghanistan was to be expected, I guess, but the move against Iraq… not so much. The way Americans were deliberately conned into that deadly fiasco will forever be a stain on their history

  14. bob

    testing one two testing one two

  15. bess

    i with you. enough already. the folks directly involved/affected have a reason to honor the day or mourn the day. the rest of us who pretend to be victims of this are just rubberneckers. let it go. move on america. instead of making a big issue of this day … which is GONE FOREVER…why don’t we make an issue of bringing to justice the two assholes who took advantage of this (avoidable) tragedy and get them convicted of crimes against humanity.. um, that would be bush and cheeney (he’s such a dick i can’t even spell his name right)!!

  16. jkg

    Red, you also somewhat share the same sentiments as Garry Trudeau, the man behind the ever so great “Doonsbury” cartoons. I read one of his strips just yesterday with a character who demanded the other person not to turn on the coverage because he didn’t need to be reminded of it, since he relives it everyday (though it was never explicit; this sort of implies that he was involved in it).

  17. JKG: While I can certainly understand publicly marking the event and having a ceremonial observance, the saturation coverage in the media over the past week has just been overwhelming to the point of obscenity. Do we need to see the planes crashing into the WTC over and over again, ten years later? Do we need a follow-up story on how rescue dogs at Ground Zero are doing these days? Do we really need to know what every celebrity on the planet was doing and felt on 9/11? Urgh.

    When the media is dumbfounded as to why people generally hold them in such low regard, they should reflect on the ghoulish way in which they tend to handle incidents like this as an example of their whorish contemptibility.

  18. Craig Chamberlain

    (9/11 has become an industry. My suggestion: keep your TV on TVO Kids — but switch if they put on Barney — or paint your garage. Anyone interested in helping?)

    Primer is calling.

  19. Dena

    Forgetting is crucial to healing. If all that energy misdirected into maudlin, backward-looking memorializing were instead focused on improving our future we’d be infinitely better off. I recommend the book Crazy Like Us, about how the US is exporting its misbegotten concepts about mental health. It brings up the fact that in some cultures it’s forbidden to speak of past catastrophes, and postulates that THIS may be the healthier strategy. This is what I’ve always felt about CHURCH. If all the energy that went into ceremony and ostentatious show went instead toward actually helping our fellow sufferers–because, as humans we ALL are sufferers–it could revoutionize earthly existence and bring us closer to heaven on earth.

  20. Dena: The notion of erasing history by forbidding people to even speak of past catastrophes seems absurd, but so too does institutionalizing ceremonial remembrance of the past. I believe we have an obligation to honour the past with fidelity to the truth (as best we can determine) and should be committed to learning from it to ensure we don’t repeat the same mistakes in future. Sadly, we almost never do either.

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  24. Red is a moron

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  25. Red is a moron

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    The hearts of the girls was to hell broken sent
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    Where did you come from Cotton-Eye Joe
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    He rode through the fields so hansome and strong
    His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun
    But all he had come for was having some fun

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    The hearts of the girls was to hell broken sent
    They all ran away so nobody would know
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    If it hadn’t been…

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    He rode through the fields so hansome and strong
    His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun
    But all he had come for was having some fun

    If it hadn’t been…
    If it hadn’t been…

    He brought disaster wherever he went
    The hearts of the girls was to hell broken sent
    They all ran away so nobody would know
    and left only men cause of Cotton-Eye Joe

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    Where did you come from Cotton-Eye Joe
    If it hadn’t been…

    If it hadn’t been…
    If it hadn’t been…

    He came to town like a midwinter storm
    He rode through the fields so hansome and strong
    His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun
    But all he had come for was having some fun

    If it hadn’t been…
    If it hadn’t been…

    He brought disaster wherever he went
    The hearts of the girls was to hell broken sent
    They all ran away so nobody would know
    and left only men cause of Cotton-Eye Joe

    If it hadn’t been…
    If it had’t been…

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    I’ld been married long time ago
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    Where did you come from Cotton-Eye Joe
    If it hadn’t been…

    If it hadn’t been…
    If it hadn’t been…

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    He rode through the fields so hansome and strong
    His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun
    But all he had come for was having some fun

    If it hadn’t been…
    If it hadn’t been…

    He brought disaster wherever he went
    The hearts of the girls was to hell broken sent
    They all ran away so nobody would know
    and left only men cause of Cotton-Eye Joe

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  26. Red is a moron

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  27. Karen

    I agree with all of you. Enough of the 9-11 BS. Move on. It created less rights for US citizens, has cost us trillions of dollars in war, security, the Patriot Act, and has made millions for the war monger.

    Oh, and Red Moron, get a life. What a waste of space on this planet to include you in breathing my air and drinking my water and we cut down half the trees on this planet for you? I hope you are neutered so as to keep your DNA out of the gene pool.

  28. Red is a moron

    Karen,, how much do you pay for a blowjob and a quickie? you fucking whore!!!!

  29. Red is a moron

    KAREN IS A FUCKING WHORE!!!!!!

  30. This must be an example of the vaunted “civility” of the right-wing that I’ve heard so much about. LOL

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