Thread: The Real Meaning of 9/11
November 10th, 2003, 09:48 AM #1
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The Real Meaning of 9/11
First published in October 2001, but timeless:Why the Bombings Mean That We Must Support My Politics
by John Montoya
Of course the World Trade Center bombings are a uniquely tragic event, and it is vital that we never lose sight of the human tragedy involved. However, we must also consider if this is not also a lesson to us all; a lesson that my political views are correct. Although what is done can never be undone, the fact remains that if the world were organised according to my political views, this tragedy would never have happened.
Many people will use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to put through a political agenda other than my own. This tawdry abuse of human suffering for political gain sickens me to the core of my being. Those people who have different political views from me ought to be ashamed of themselves for thinking of cheap partisan point-scoring at a time like this. In any case, what this tragedy really shows us is that, so far from putting into practice political views other than my own, it is precisely my political agenda which ought to be advanced.
Not only are my political views vindicated by this terrible tragedy, but also the status of my profession. Furthermore, it is only in the context of a national and international tragedy like this that we are reminded of the very special status of my hobby, and its particular claim to legislative protection. My religious and spiritual views also have much to teach us about the appropriate reaction to these truly terrible events.
Countries which I like seem to never suffer such tragedies, while countries which, for one reason or another, I dislike, suffer them all the time. The one common factor which seems to explain this has to do with my political views, and it suggests that my political views should be implemented as a matter of urgency, even though they are, as a matter of fact, not implemented in the countries which I like.
Of course the World Trade Center attacks are a uniquely tragic event, and it is vital that we never lose sight of the human tragedy involved. But we must also not lose sight of the fact that I am right on every significant moral and political issue, and everybody ought to agree with me. Please, I ask you as fellow human beings, vote for the political party which I support, and ask your legislators to support policies endorsed by me, as a matter of urgency.
It would be a fitting memorial.
November 10th, 2003, 04:46 PM #2
This is totally separate from the fact that many outside the US find us so distasteful for what we import other than our political ideologies.
All one need do is look at the by products of our entertainment industry:
Movies that glorify violence, death, sex, and hedonism; then ad infinitum the machinations of secularly controlled Hollywood. This outright repulses people from other cultures, and many middle easterners hate us because of it. This also contributed to 911. But it somehow seems forgotten.
Yes demagogues will forever insight political fervor and allegiance through demonizing another country (or what not) for political advantage.
It seems however, that only in a country where people actually have the time to analyze politics that such blind appeals to patriotism will ever subside.
November 10th, 2003, 08:05 PM #3
9/11 is what it is.
It is not necessary to seek a "meaning" to it, whether for political expedience, or unfortunate humor.
Perhaps I have a different relationship to that day: I recall being opposed to the two monoliths to human hubris when it was built; Iwas was awoken that moring by my GF who worked within smelling distence of the Towers and with whom I lost track of that day. I recall the wind turning , to bring the smoke uptown some days later, and the sense of breathing pulverized human beings.
I detest the current arguments as to a fitting memorial --and the further megaliths the voices of power would seek to proclaim in their staid.
The only fitting memorial was removed with the last girder. If their loved-ones could not have the solice of a piece of their flesh, perhaps they could have a piece of the culprits. Tied to the last girder.
Beyond what was done that day, let us remember that both Commmunism and Nazism could have been stopped--well before their genocides. That they weren't, bespeaks not of cowardice, but the failure to believe in the existence of something as old as human nature-the existence of Evil.
And prey for those who tonight and everyday bear arms for our Country. I lived through the Vietnam War and worked in a VA Hospital. I hope I never again see the treatment accorded to our Veterans be done again.
November 11th, 2003, 05:16 AM #4
Mr. Montoya needs to put in an application at The Onion.
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