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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 10:10 AM
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9/11: MEMORIALIZING and IMMORTALIZING the CULT of DEATH (for the tenth time now)
http://www.opednews.com/articles/MEMORIALIZING-and-IMMO...

FACT: You are four times more likely to be killed by a lightning bolt than by a terror attack. So, yes, by all means, let's bankrupt our nation by starting numerous unnecessary and unjustifiable wars with other countries and killing hundreds of thousands of their citizens, while sacrificing several thousand of our own citizens, to keep us safe from terror. And let's celebrate this monstrously inappropriate response to terror with yearly asinine ceremonials.

It's long past time that we put 9/11 away. 9/11 has been exploited for far too long -- politically, religiously, economically -- in every way imaginable. Every year partisan political hacks, media shills, and religious crazies are all out in force, each serving in their own way, and by their own willful ignorance, to maximize raw emotional response and minimize rational thought. Every year come 9/11 they can always count on having on hand an easily manipulated rabble-rousing mob filled with "compassion" toward 9/11's victims and fear and hate toward its perpetrators that in the right hands is ready to serve just about any end imaginable. Put this emotionally-drenched mob mentality in the hands of some media mogul pushing a far right pro-corporative, war-profiteering agenda with an eye toward sensationalist ratings, and for whom journalistic integrity means absolutely nothing; or in the hands of unscrupulously self-serving politicians, ever ready to milk any issue that comes down the pike for whatever political mileage they can get out of it; or in the hands of any number of Christian fundamentalist evangelical preachers who see Islam as a satanic cult of infidels worshiping an evil god, and you have precisely the situation that we have witnessed every year for the past 9 years come every September 11 -- precisely the situation that is driving both terror and its warmongering response.

Yearly 9/11 ceremonials to cheer and justify morally unjustifiable aggressive wars of choice that have taken the lives of well over a million innocents does nothing to honor the dead. Nor does using the collective appeal of this day of remembrance to stoke America's irrational fears of terrorism as a means of justifying the ongoing curtailment of our freedoms here at home serve our best interests. Nor does using 9/11 to foster distorted images of America as something better than she actually is do us any good. Nor does using 9/11 to stoke all the bigoted fear and hatred of Muslims that runs rampant in America's collective psyche take us any closer to a better America. And to all those who puff themselves up with "Christian" pride on this day of remembrance over the fact that they just happen not to have been born a Muslim, I ask whether you would react with that same inflated pride upon learning that you just happened to be the 8 billionth customer to be checked out at Wal-Mart? Is there a difference?

Regardless, it's time that we put 9/11 away. If we really want to honor the dead, a good place to start would be to stop using them to bring dishonor upon the living.

More at the link --
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 10:11 AM
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1. Give them this day...nt
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michaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 10:14 AM
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2. That is your opinion. These families have their opinion. n/t
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 11:28 AM
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6. and thos 3000 people's families feelings do matter today more than yours
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 11:00 AM
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3. The families want a memorial. They deserve a memorial. Let's drop the hyperbolic point scoring for
a day.
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socialshockwave Donating Member (637 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 11:01 AM
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4. Unrec. Have some damned sympathy.
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SlimJimmy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 11:25 AM
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5. I disagree. And it looks like a few others do as well. Unrec (nt)
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rtfsqn Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 03:04 PM
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8. 9/11 Memorializing and....
SlimJimmy: If the great majority of people agreed with this, there would no point in writing the article.
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SlimJimmy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 04:35 PM
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9. Do you agree with this statement? I don't .
Regardless, it's time that we put 9/11 away. If we really want to honor the dead, a good place to start would be to stop using them to bring dishonor upon the living.
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MerryBlooms Donating Member (940 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 11:33 AM
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7. There's enough pain to go around today, let's not add to it. n/t
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 04:38 PM
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10. I take it you did not have friends in the towers that did not make it out
I think I will continue to remember them regardless of how you would prefer I forget them.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 04:42 PM
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11. oh for pity's sake. this is a remarkably lousy piece.
it's just stupid. And I'm not at all interested in the 9/11 stuff.
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