Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Kicking a Hornets' Nest
Seems Paul Krugman kicked a hornets' nest in his 911 blog entitled Years of Shame. He didn't allow comments on the blog, but that didn't stop people from commenting, including the political pundits at Fox News, calling him a "creep" and a "coward." The blog caused so much outrage that even our dear Donald Rumsfeld was compelled to cancel his subscription to the NY Times. Reminds me of the media gang bang when Bill Maher had the audacity to say that the terrorists weren't cowards in the immediate aftermath of 911.
Seems whenever we have one of these deeply emotional events, Americans are all supposed to fall in line, or at least keep quiet, so as not to rain on anyone's parade. And, what a media parade we had this past Sunday. The coverage was non-stop, following events in the three hallowed sites that have now become so firmly embedded in American memory.
It has indeed been "Years of Shame," as the Bush administration shamefully exploited 911 to concoct two wars, which Obama continues to perpetuate. Not to mention the shameful Homeland Security Act which is still in effect, the shameful detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the shameful renditions and tortures no one has made the least contrition for. The untold cost of the "War on Terror" appears to have no end.
But, on 9-11, we are all supposed to give pause and only remember those who died, especially those who bravely gave their lives to save others from the World Trade Center towers that have become even more symbolic than the Statue of Liberty. How dare Paul Krugman question the motivations of George Bush, Rudy Guliani and Bernie Kerik!