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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

September 11, 2001 is Ancient History; Let's just forget it

“Does anyone go out on the streets of New York and commemorate the firing on Fort Sumter?”

Why continue to commemorate September 11, 2001? This is a question the NY Times asked or at least wrote about on the second of this month.

From the toilet paper of record:

“Each year, murmuring about Sept. 11 fatigue arises, a weariness of reliving a day that everyone wishes had never happened. It began before the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. By now, though, many people feel that the collective commemorations, publicly staged, are excessive and vacant, even annoying.”

I suppose it is a valid enough question, but it’s also an odd question. It’s been almost six years since the attack on our soil that took the lives of so many people that were innocently going about their day. This was no Katrina that was a natural disaster with poor responses from local, state and federal agencies, but the media will tout that anniversary with a vengeance at least until the Bush Administration is no more.

September 11, 2001 was a day of sorrow with many more to follow; once the tide of grieving changed many people and the media have tried to make it go away as though now, six years later it might be a good idea to let it go. The reason from the perspective of the media is more in line with keeping the tide of anger or offense from our minds; after all the military actions of our nation since then has been ignorant, hegemonic and undiplomatic in nature, at least to them. We don’t hear a lot from the msm on this subject as we might and I believe one reason for this is they do not want the public’s emotion to affect our foreign policy and even national policy as this is the mo of the msm and is not for us, the common public.

These days I get a bit tweaked that D-Day and Pearl Harbor are somewhat ignored, but those days in history are a ways back; they’re also much easier for the msm to ignore. There is also that possibility that this may help the forces of pride in our nation, which is something the msm cannot countenance.

Our media has chosen to not offer glimpses of that day due to concern for our feelings or emotions. What’s this all about?

September 11, 2001 did more, much more than take the lives of 3,000+ people. It opened the eyes of many if not most in this nation that there are forces in the world that would and will do us harm. Much of that is forgotten these days as the msm prefers to paint others with the blame and that the best way to deal with it would be to ease up internationally, since our previous actions in our history are what really brought this attack on the nation.

Had they their way, we would forget all this silly commemoration and go about our lives; this would make their jobs all the easier. In life as time passes tragedy is easier to deal with, especially if you were someone that was not personally affected by this date with the loss of a family member or friend. Those of us that don’t miss someone, perhaps almost daily may get by without the commemoration, but that doesn’t mean it would be a good idea to forget.

We, as a nation, have gotten passed much of what that day revealed to us about the world we live in; it’s a shame that there may be a necessity for a repeat to open our sluggish eyes again. Those that inform us of what is important (msm) have done its share in making this date appear like ancient history or an anomaly. Assuredly the attack itself could be considered somewhat of an anomaly if it makes us feel better, but that doesn’t really change anything.

9/11 is not a war or battle cry, but it is a huge piece of the puzzle in explaining the actions of our military over the past half decade; forgetting or ignoring that will do much more to tie our hands in the future when faced with difficult questions, questions many would prefer to believe don’t warrant asking.

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