Borrowed thoughts on 9/11

Ezra Klein had a terrific post today on 9/11.  Its brief and spot-on, so I'm just going to borrow it in its entirety:

You know, I felt a bit conflicted about writing this post. What you
want to do is remember an awful crime. What you end up doing is
invoking a Republican talking point. As Gary Kamiya wrote,
“President Bush used the attacks to justify his 2003 invasion of Iraq.
And he has been using 9/11 ever since to scare Americans into
supporting his 'war on terror.' He has incessantly linked the words
'al-Qaida' and 'Iraq,' a Pavlovian device to make us whimper with fear
at the mere idea of withdrawing. In a recent speech about Iraq, he
mentioned al-Qaida 95 times. No matter that jihadists in Iraq are not
the same group that attacked the U.S., or that their numbers and
effectiveness have been greatly exaggerated. It's no surprise that Gen.
David Petraeus' 'anxiously awaited' evaluation of the war is to be
given on the 10th and 11th of September.”

9/11 has been robbed of its significance. It no longer lights
up the neurons recalling an American tragedy, but those that understand
political strategy. I hate them for that. So this isn't a 9/11
remembrance. We've never been allowed to forget 9/11. Not for an
instant. What we have been allowed to forget is 2,974 individuals who
perished in that attack,who didn't die because they wanted to invade
Iraq, or because they thought Republicans were insufficiently
competitive in elections, but because they were murdered. Remember
them.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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