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 Grux on September 7, 2011 at 11:31am
The media's response to your question is that casualties in war is natural and they won't spend time on that. That does not provide ratings. I agree with you. Who is to say that the lives lost on 9/11 were more valuable and important than what we did after the fact? I'm not going to watch any media coverage on 9/11, I'm watching football.
Comment by Arcus on September 7, 2011 at 11:51am

If, in some people's minds, the unprovoked and cold-blooded murder of over 3000 civilians is not justification for a declaration of war, then I'm starting to wonder exactly what would qualify. Equating that atrocity with civilian casualties in a society which had been ripped apart for decades by a sociopath which would rather see his own country go down in flames before surrendering is comparing apples and oranges. Apparently, fruit confusion is quite common nowadays...

Terrorists have no regards for lives, and their ultimate aim is the death of at least 100.000 times more people than the last major attempt. Say what you will about American foreign policy, but at least it attempts to avoid genocides for as long as it can.

Comment by Unseen on September 7, 2011 at 12:22pm

@Robert Karp   No we can't be "just as concerned" about people who have no standing in our political system. We can be concerned enough to try to minimize casualties. 9/11 was an outright attack DESIGNED to kill lots of defenseless civilians. By contrast, the targets in Iraq tend to mix with civilians, apparently figuring that if they get killed, so will some women and children to use as feed for the propaganda mill. Intent is everything. We try to minimize civilian casualties, they use their own women and children for propaganda purposes.

Comment by rjsanch67 on September 7, 2011 at 1:17pm

I agree with you completely OP!! Its sick what the media is doing to a disaster albeit one close to home, alas it was TEN YEARS AGO! Damn we need to move on and grow, not to belittle the lives lost in the disaster. I also think service members who were involved being "heroes" is kind of gay, it is their job.. An English teachers students get crazy good grades on a state assessment the teacher is not a hero.. I was recently in NYC and walking by the memorial I noticed it was all firefighters and police guys on it?! WTF?  Of course all the media fed retards of america were surrounding the place taking pictures..  I digress, I feel you Robert Karp

Comment by Robert Karp on September 7, 2011 at 1:21pm

@Unseen

No we can't be "just as concerned" about people who have no standing in our political system.

 

Could you expand on that point a little further? I am not sure what you mean.

Comment by Unseen on September 7, 2011 at 1:25pm

@Robert Karp   It's only natural that those who were elected by the US electorate have a primary duty to look after our own. People outside don't vote and don't contribute taxes and are not guaranteed anything by the US Constitution.

Comment by Sassan K. on September 7, 2011 at 2:42pm

And Meghan, the majority of the Iranian and Syrian populations are yearning the assisting of NATO and the international community in their liberations.

Comment by Sassan K. on September 7, 2011 at 2:47pm

A lack of moral clarity is calling or inferring as our actions as evil but feeling that the alternative in leaving the Taliban or Saddam Hussein in power would have been morally acceptable. While the situation may not be perfect in Afghanistan or Iraq, at least in particular Afghanistan, the war was absolutely necessary on the terrorism front and the human rights front. Over 58% of Afghan girls now receive an education compared to 0% before. That in itself says enough for me.

Comment by Sassan K. on September 7, 2011 at 2:49pm

And to add: most of those civilian deaths in those conflicts aren't a "direct result of our bombs" but of the retaliation attacks by the terrorists or insurgents who don't seem to make a difference between killing Americans, westerners, or civilians and who don't mind mixing in civilian populations and even using civilians as human shields.

Comment by Pope Beanie on September 7, 2011 at 3:15pm

Terrorists have no regards for lives, and their ultimate aim is the death of at least 100.000 times more people than the last major attempt. Say what you will about American foreign policy, but at least it attempts to avoid genocides for as long as it can.

The problem with this theory is that in practice, Americans are 10-fold better at killing innocents than what terrorists dream of. We may have destroyed terrorist command and control structures, but we've made the grounds over there more unstable and fertile for masses of low level, revenge-seeking terrorists. What we've done is up'd the anti in a gambling game with innocents.

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