Saturday, August 11, 2007

Philly News Columnist: "We've Mislaid 9/11"

Philadelphia Daily News Columnist Stu Byofsky thinks it'll take another 9/11 type attack to unify us, and Fox News' John Gibson agrees: "it'll take a lot of dead bodies...."

We knew who the enemy was then.

We knew who the enemy was shortly after 9/11.

Because we have mislaid 9/11, we have endless sideshow squabbles about whether the surge is working, if we are "safer" now, whether the FBI should listen in on foreign phone calls, whether cops should detain odd-acting "flying imams," whether those plotting alleged attacks on Fort Dix or Kennedy airport are serious threats or amateur bumblers. We bicker over the trees while the forest is ablaze.

America's fabric is pulling apart like a cheap sweater.

What would sew us back together?

Another 9/11 attack.

The Golden Gate Bridge. Mount Rushmore. Chicago's Wrigley Field. The Philadelphia subway system. The U.S. is a target-rich environment for al Qaeda.

Is there any doubt they are planning to hit us again?

If it is to be, then let it be. It will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America's righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail.

Well, in the immortal words of Tonto, "What's this 'we' shit, Kemosabe"?

It was George Dubbya Bush and his cronies, and their stooges in a lazy and cowardly media, who ginned up an attack on a country that had nothing, NOTHING, to do with the attack on us on September 11, 2001. It was the Bushistas and their supporters who encouraged American citizens to call their fellow citizens "traitors", "terrorist sympathizers" and "un-American" for questioning the plans of their Dear Leader.

"We" didn't accuse 9/11 widows of "enjoying their husbands' deaths too much."

"We" didn't flip off the countries who supported us after 9/11 with idiotic stunts like "freedom fries."

We don't need another 9/11, we need to get rid of the people who've pissed away all the unity and good will we had after that day.


Peter said...

I dared to believe the inevitable would never happen but, alas, it has: 9/11 nostalgia, about as potent as any other kind of nostalgia, but weirdly, luridly, loonily escapist considering how recent 9/11 was. (Parenthetically, if I had lost relatives of friends in the 9/11 attacks, would I feel offended by Bykofsky's and Gibdon's callous invocation of the attacks?)

But wait ... in ten minutes you'll make a post explaining that this was satire straight from the Onion, won't you?

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JD Rhoades said...

Peter: I wish. It's all too depressingly real.