On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 Americans died a fiery death in Al-Qaida's attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. On the first anniversary of the attack, Americans everywhere stopped as our nation honored the dead in a moving ceremony at Ground Zero.Pardon me? Memory fading? Yeah, we're just one huge national Alzheimer's patient, turning our head slowly and blinking uncomprehendingly as George Bush and the rest of his sycophant claque scream O GOD! MORE TERRORISTS! WE'LL SAVE YOU! JUST GIVE US YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS! WE AND HALLIBURTON HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL!
But few memorial events are planned for the attack's fourth anniversary, which is just around the corner. Our collective memory of the horrific atrocity seems to be fading.
Spotty says it is time to call off the National Pity Party and stare reality in the face. By and large, we have acted badly as a nation since 9/11. We have taken our self-pity and turned it into bullying many of our own people and killing and maiming untold thousands of innocents abroad. Every time it was convenient to do so, the neocons have stabbed that raw national nerve, and it has made us crazy.
It made us so crazy that we believed it when George Bush told us we had to attack Iraq instead of finding the guy really behind the 9/11 attacks. It made us so crazy that Congress abandoned its responsibility to be the declarer of war. It made us so crazy that we deserted the collective security framework that we - and Minnesota's own Harold Stassen - helped establish after the Second World War. It made us dismiss, refuse cooperation, and humiliate the weapons inspectors who were trying to verify what we were saying.
And it made us so crazy that we are headed for financial oblivion.
So when Katherine Kersten comes around and wants to stick the electrode called 9/11 up your arse, Spotty says just say no.