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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Lest We Forget....

But a lot of people seem to have forgotten 9/11. "She Who Must Not Be Named", a foodie, has signed us up to attend an event this evening -- not one that commemorates the attacks of 2001, but one at which a local restaurant is rolling out their fall menu.

Jonah Goldberg notes that most of the emotional content seems to have drained out of 9/11.

“Remember 9/11!” once looked like it was going to be a battle cry for the ages up there with “Remember the Alamo!” Now, the only aspect of 9/11 that is acceptable on a bipartisan basis is sadness.
Among the major reasons for this strangely muted response he cites the despicable behavior of the MSM.

But it’s important to remember that from the outset, the media took it as their sworn duty to keep Americans from getting too riled up about 9/11.... Back then the news networks especially saw it as imperative that we not let our outrage get out of hand. I can understand the sentiment, but it’s worth noting that such sentiments vanished entirely during hurricane Katrina. After 9/11, the press withheld objectively accurate and factual images from the public, lest the rubes get too riled up. After Katrina, the press endlessly recycled inaccurate and exaggerated information in order to keep everyone upset. The difference speaks volumes.
But even more important is the behavior of the political parties:

But the chief reason 9/11 has lost its punch is politics. To talk about 9/11 as a justification for any foreign policy position — activist, isolationist or realist — is to start an argument. To suggest, for example, that 9/11 proved the necessity or the folly of the Iraq war, is to risk letting the soup get cold as diners hurl bread rolls, in much the same way as siding with Whittaker Chambers or Alger Hiss wrecked many a fine meal half a century ago. “Remember the Alamo!” was a call to action. “Remember Peal Harbor” needed no explanation. “Remember 9/11” demands the response, “What do you mean by that?”
And here he faults not only the Democrats, who willfully politicized everything, but also Bush who made no serious effort to co-opt the opposition.

Read the whole thing here.