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September 11, 2011

Maybe They Should Have Had a Moment of Silence Instead

There are many different ways to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11, from solemn public commemorations to quiet moments of personal reflection, but here’s one you might not have thought of:

Launch a vicious partisan attack on those with whom you’ve had foreign policy disagreements.

But then, you’re not Nobel Prize Winning Economist and Respected New York Times Columnist (NPWERNYTC) Paul Krugman, who starts off a piece, “The Years of Shame,” with this:

“Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?”

It’s not clear how he’d prefer a commemoration of the brutal deaths of thousand of innocent Americans at the hands of homicidal terrorists be handled. Fireworks at Ground Zero perhaps, or maybe a celebrity roast of Rudy Giuliani.

 He goes on:

“What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons…”

“The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.”

Indeed, NPWERNYTC Paul Krugman is so certain that the nation knows it that he took this unusual action:

“I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.”

Okay, so maybe the nation is having trouble coming to terms with the shame it knows in its heart it should feel, but there is a reason for this:

The nation is certifiably insane.

This, from the other end of the political spectrum, Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer and Respected Washington Post Columnist (PPWWRWPC) Kathleen Parker, who in her own 9/11 piece, “An America that no longer knows itself,” writes:

“The event was so cataclysmic and horrifying that it caused a sort of emotional breakdown in the American constitution.”

“Putting it bluntly, Sept. 11 caused us to go temporarily insane.”

And by “us,” she means you.

“President Obama understands that the nation has a psychological problem, but no president in his right mind can afford to speak publicly of such things.”

You can’t talk to a crazy person. Everyone knows that.

“If Jimmy Carter was brought down by his “crisis of confidence,” a.k.a. “malaise,” speech, imagine if Obama, who already suffers an image of elitist condescension, mentioned that the nation could use a little time on the couch.”

Imagine! We just can’t be reasoned with.  Even a little thing like the President of the United States telling us we’re insane would probably set us off.

If you choose to mark 9/11 in a manner that does not involve shame or insanity, you can always visit the official 9/11 Memorial in New York City, or what we like to call the “Empty Pits of Eternal Despair.”

Pits of Eternal Despair

You know what? That insanity thing is starting to look better.


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"And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons…”

Uh, yeah NPWERNYTC Paul Krugman. You mean like Libya, right?

I actually have one better for you. Here in Denver, the 9/11 ten year celebration had a free concert with the Beach Boys. No joke. Gives new significance to McCain's favorite song, "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran".

Posted by: Political Atheist | Sep 19, 2011 5:50:49 PM

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