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Insensitive comedy on the eleventh of September.

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Insensitive comedy on the eleventh of September.

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thwack (by lj-user twoflower)
If you don't want to read it, don't read what follows.



Here's some room to make your mind up in.



First off, I must recommend this entry in the lj of one nihilistic_kid.
This led me to an entry in the blog of one chrissmari- a beautifully poignant story of loss and betrayal, and the death of dreams that happened September 11, 2001...
...when They Might Be Giants released their generally lackluster album New Mink Car.
Then I read peverel's blog from today. Which is not really funny, but is certainly critical, and insightful.
Me, I just additionally wonder when it will come out that the White House knew this was coming all along, like FDR apparently knew about the attack on Pearl Harbor... and I'm noticing that apparently, expressing these thoughts actually takes some guts. Like I must be a traitor or something for saying 'this doesn't jibe'.
If you lost friends or family in the attack on the World Trade Center, I am truly sorry for your loss. If you lost someone in Afghanistan, or in Iraq, I am sorry that your friend or loved one is no longer with us.
These facts are unrelated to the farce that American politics is becoming, and that farce is no more visible than when it puts on martyrish jingoism and bawls about how sad it is that so many people died-- then asks us for $87 billion to fight the war on, uh, what we're fighting while the body toll from terrorist attacks in Iraq climbs steadily towards the number already accomplished, two years ago on this date. To me, that seems more like pissing on the graves of people who died two years ago than anything I could say or do.
I'm sorry for those who will lose their lives in the name of what September 11th has come to mean- an excuse for vengeance upon people who, frankly, aren't appropriate targets and will only beget further eye-for-an-eye, Old Testament or Talmudic, vicious vindictive 'justice'.
An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.
  • >Me, I just additionally wonder when it will
    >come out that the White House knew this was
    >coming all along

    What You Think You Know About Sept. 11...
    By David Plotz
    Slate

    [...]

    "6. The misconception: No one could have predicted the Sept. 11 attacks. Since 9/11, President Bush and his team have repeatedly insisted that the attacks were inconceivable. David Corn chronicles these claims in his new book The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception. In May 2002, for example, Condoleezza Rice said, "I don't think anyone could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center." Ari Fleischer echoed her, "Never did we imagine what would take place on Sept. 11 where people use those airplanes as missiles and weapons."

    What's wrong with the story: In fact, there were tons of warnings of exactly this kind of attack. The recent congressional report on the 9/11 intelligence failures lists a dozen pre-9/11 indications that terrorists were plotting a suicide hijacking. For example, in 1994 Algerians hijacked an Air France airliner with the intention of crashing it into the Eiffel Tower. (They were tricked by French officials into landing in Marseilles to refuel, where they were overpowered.) In 1995, police in the Philippines uncovered an al-Qaida plot to fly a plane into CIA headquarters. (One of the plotters: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.) A year later, al-Qaida had the idea of flying a plane from outside the United States and crashing it into the White House. Two years later, al-Qaida planned to fly a plane from outside the United States and crash it into the World Trade Center. And so on.

    Intelligence officials, who are endlessly juggling all kinds of different threats, didn't take the suicide-plane schemes seriously because they believed there were other, more imminent dangers. But no one can say they weren't warned."
    • And that doesn't even count the thousands of people who have read Tom Clancy's novel "Debt of Honor." :-)
  • Hear hear.

    I'm not sure if your post is as cynical as, say, George W. Bush invoking the memory of the WTC in a speech today as an excuse to give his administration more powers to spy on and control it's own people.
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