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The Anniversary Rant

September 11, 2007

I didn’t want to put what’s following in this in my first 9/11 post because I thought it would be gaudy and detract from observing the memorial.

So it’s 9/11, and that almost doesn’t mean anything these days; it’s been too politicized. Ezra Klein has a great post on that that you should read.

Almost as if on cue I have seen several conservative bloggers use this anniversary as an opportunity to smear their political opponents and to wrap themselves in the funeral shrouds of the dead with overly solemn pledges “never to forget.” To forget what? That some of us were murdered by a man who, if he’s still alive, remains at large? That we were the ones who trained and funded that very same man when he happened to be the enemy of our enemy? That the deaths caused by that man were used to justify an illegal war in Iraq which had nothing to do with him?

Every year the people who make the most noise about solemn remembrance and weeping for the dead are always the ones who turn around in the next breath and use that same event as a crude political cudgel to batter their rivals into submission with. It’s as if they know that they come off as disgusting monsters, but that they think that if they get melodramatic enough about their sorrow and pain- while of course never forgetting to imply that some other people who won’t be named until the appropriate moment of this annual Kabuki dance arrives don’t care about the deaths- that we will forget, or at least ignore, that they are using the bodies of our dead as props in a grotesque exhibition of political theater to support more death, and more horror, and eventually more 9/11s.

I don’t understand it. I want to, but I just don’t. Are they really that scared? Are they just being cynical and manipulative? If so, what are they trying to manipulate people into supporting? A police state? Why? And why can’t they just consider for a moment that maybe there’s a smarter way to solve our problems than by blindly continuing a cycle of violence?

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