Feeling Cyncial About 9/11 Anniversary

I'll probably get my head chewed-out for this one but meh, so be it.


I am feeling cynical about the coming 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Maybe it's because of the media circus that is an inevitable part of the "American way" that is fueling my distaste for the event. I can almost feel the collective masturbation of producers of the major news outlets as they prepare their sweeping and dramatic montages and coverage of the days to come. This is what they live for.


Or maybe it is due to the fact the yes, we lost 3000 people that day and it was a sad and tragic event but I still cannot come to terms with our losses equating to the deaths of minimally 100,000 Iraqis with upward estimates pushing the one million mark.


About 303 times as many people have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq than in the ghastly attacks of September 11, 2001.

Where are the montages for them?


I do not in any way condone the attacks or deny the heroism of so many professional rescue workers that gave their lives on that day. Should there be memorials to honor them? Yes. But should this country stand still on 9/11/2011 to relive the horrors of that day and the horrors of the days following?  Would not a more fitting rememberance be just that, remembrance? Each person should remember the day in their own way. Of course I do not have to watch the media blitz if I choose not to. But I just might, in the vain hope that they also recognize the thousands of innocent children who lost their lives as a result of our lust for vengeance. Least not we forget them and remember them as well for they also deserve our honor and our tears.

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Comment by Derek on September 6, 2011 at 4:00pm

I agree. Cynical is the word. The gutter-tabloid-press here in U.K and Ireland have started since last week with the anniversary. It feels like an endless bombardment of images and stories - designed to beef up TV ratings, column inches and comments pages (which brings out the conspiracy nuts in their droves) - all of this, which of course leads to more advertising and revenue. As for the news online - most of it seems like a bad bedroom blog - totally superficial and laced with conjecture, half-truths and plain lies.


One shameless story in my book is this:  'Interesting facts you never knew anout 9/11'  this makes it sound like a fun, light-hearted topic, which it evidently it is not.  There are almost 500 comments on that link, and I would say well over half are by conspiracy idiots. It's sad really and yes it's cynical.

Comment by Lindsey on September 6, 2011 at 4:10pm

Let's not forget those Truthers. I'm sure they'll be quite vocal too. In a way, they almost bother me more than the teabaggers.

The media buzz around 9/11 every year does seem a little excessive to me too. How can we ever expect to truly move on and heal when they keep slamming it back in our faces every year? A day of remembrance is appropriate, but the circus of documentaries seems to be more about nationalist propoganda and network ratings than actually honoring those who died. The History channel is especially bad in this regard. I've pretty much lost all respect I used to have for it.

Comment by Bryan B on September 6, 2011 at 4:23pm

A 9/11 documentary about how that kind of death and destruction is a regular occurrence for civilians in parts of the world our governments clearly don't give a crap about would be really great. Also, if I ever spotted an active 'truther' it would take all my willpower not to put them in the hospital.

Comment by Sassan K. on September 6, 2011 at 4:35pm

Cry me a river - do you not think of the millions of people we have helped liberate? Do you not think of all the people who would have died if these tyrants were not removed? Have some moral clarity. The world is a safer and more secure place - and people now can decide their future without tyranny.

Comment by Albert Bakker on September 6, 2011 at 5:01pm

Liberate? Where?

Yes so what if you murder a million people, maim a couple of million more, drive some odd couple of million more out of their homes and turn them into permanent refugees.

If it is for a good cause mass murder is not a problem, genocide is justifiable if you'll just have enough moral clarity. And are on the right side, because if you use the same rationalization but are on the wrong side, then you do not have moral clarity but are possessed by pure evil.

In the Netherlands news media started this 9-11 anniversary thing half way August. People are sick of it before the correct month even commenced.

Comment by Kairan Nierde on September 6, 2011 at 7:27pm

I share the sentiments of the OP.  Each anniversary I have similar thoughts, considering all of the civilian deaths we Americans have such an easy time turning a blind eye to.  9-11 was a horrifying event for all Americans, me included, but I don't accept that the wars were necessary or that they have made the world a safer place.  I think our response should have been to reexamine our geopolitics. 

Comment by Sassan K. on September 6, 2011 at 7:52pm

I think our response should have been to reexamine our geopolitics.

And have given victory to Bin Laden and Al Qaeda? We have assisted in the liberation of three nations now in the last 10-years and we should be proud of that fact. I hope to say that we will soon add Syria and Iran to that repertoire.

Comment by Lindsey on September 6, 2011 at 8:16pm

And by "liberate", you mean invading a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11 based on false pretenses, starting a 10 year long, unwinnable war in which thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi civillians have been killed, and throwing that nation into even more turmoil than it had been in before we went in? Yes, Saddam Hussein was a despicable human being, and the world is better off without him. But that doesn't change the fact that the war with Iraq is unnecessary and unjustified.


Comment by Meghan McWilliams on September 6, 2011 at 8:32pm

But American's lives are more important silly goose! (obvious sarcasm). The media is a joke. I for one will be watching movies that day and ignoring it all. I can't stand when the numbers of people that have died (been murdered) in the middle east are brought up in most places. (not TA in person) People always make pretty derogatory statements like they are not people too. I guess I also take it personally. My daughter has a ton of family in Tehran and people tend to jump over to the idea of blowing up Iran next.  

Comment by James on September 6, 2011 at 8:43pm

The thing that actually annoyed me post 9-11 was the sudden false patriotism. I hated that people that could give two shits about the flag the week before, suddenly plastered it on everything  and used their false patriotism to try and make a buck. Around where I went to school, there are plenty who fly Confederate flags. Suddenly, when it was fashionable, they dropped the stars and bars in favor of the stars and stripes. But as you would guess, the 'south has risen again'. Now it is true that some people did gain a true appreciation for the country that they didn't have before. But in my personal experience, the patriotism displayed by many bordered an garish, and was simply forced and phony to be in keeping with the 'in thing'.


Lately I've heard many people asking what each other were doing to commemorate the anniversary. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it be better to remember the events personally  and maybe reflect on that day, but still go on with our regularly scheduled lives. Part of the attack was wanting to change America and the way we do things. In certain ways you can say they succeeded. But isn't doing too much and focusing on it too much playing into it, even for that one day, sort of playing into that desire in a way? Sure, it's commemorated as a sad day when America came together, rather than the day America crumbled. But I'm still not certain that stopping the country for the day (as I've heard some suggest) is a good idea at all.


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