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July 16, 2004
Note: this is a post recovered from my old blog, before it died of an insufficient backup. Any comments/trackbacks on it have not been brought over, but can be seen with the original. The date is that of the original posting.
It is odd that the media which gave us wall-to-wall endless coverage of the Abu Ghraib abuses considers images from 9/11 too sensitive for American viewers. Little Green Footballs does us all a service by reminding us.
Here's a little something that might be of interest to you and your readers.
A member of the British House of Lords imagines an exchange between
Bin Laden and Gandhi:
I welcome any comments you or your readers might have on this.
What can you say after seeing that? In the days following the attacks, I didn't see the pictures of people falling. The media wasn't going out of their way to show them, and I had no desire to search them out. It was enough to know it happened.
You know what? It wasn't enough! That is a horror that must be seen. Imagination is a powerful thing, but seeing it actually happening - the searing reality of people choosing that as their best option...
Humans are amazing creatures. We can have something like this happen, absorb it, accept it, adapt to it, move on, and even forget it. It is often a blessing, but in this case it's a curse. We must never forget what happened. It's not enough, though, to know that it happened. We must see it and relive it again and again. We should see the images, the broadcasts of that day, every September 11th. Anytime we falter or forget or try to diminish it, we should be reminded with the reality of that day. We must NEVER let this happen again!
And I'm sick. I'm sick because, frankly, I don't, I can't, trust John Kerry or the Democrats to fight this war, to take it seriously. I wish I could. It would be nice to disagree with the left, argue and debate, knowing that, even if my side loses, our side would still win - that we would fight and win this war, and I'd just have to deal with higher taxes, more government, and wacky liberal social policy. I could do it if I knew we were all in this together, but I fear we are not. I fear, to the opposition, those who hold the same ideology as I do are the real enemy. And that makes me ill, especially in light of reliving the horror of 9/11 in those pictures.