9/11… Our memory lives on

2008 September 12
by Hedon

A new friend… well someone who’s blog I just found and enjoy reading at any rate… posted yesterday about 9/11 and has quite a conversation going on over at her blog about the aftermath of the attack. I realized my comments would be too long to post over there so I decided I wanted to post about it here.

Think for a minute about Pearl Harbor. Another devastating unprovoked attack on Americans that worked the populace up into a torrent of hatred and vengeance. There was no 24 hour news coverage back then of course, but old-timers can still tell you where they were and what they were doing when they heard that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. It was the main reason the public finally gave their blessing to the Fed’s long-held plans to enter World War II.

Pearl Harbor was also the justification for locking up over 100,000 Japanese-Americans — over two-thirds of whom were US citizens – in squalid internment camps. This happened even though State Department official reports written in 1941 concluded that most Japanese nationals and “90 to 98%” of Japanese American citizens were loyal. Anyone who was at least one-eighth Japanese, even if they had mostly Caucasian ancestry, was eligible for internment. **

One would have hoped we would react better than we did back in the 1940s and I will say that the government at least behaved more circumspectly this time. They didn’t round up everyone with Middle Eastern heritage and haul them off to Montana. They did create a No Fly List — including over a million names according to most recent estimates — and we meekly submitted. They passed urgent laws allowing them to wire-tap our phones with no warrant. We didn’t resist. They arrested and detained people indefinitely at an off-shore military base. We didn’t speak out. They waved the flag around, mumbled vaguely about home-land security and urged us to remember 9/11 when we did finally begin to question their power-grabbing actions.

The government uses our fear and ignorance to control us. I guess its just a facet of the human herd condition to hate those who are different from ourselves. And when you combine that fact with the almost pathological aversion to thinking that seems to affect most of the populace, you have the situations that happened after Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

Two separate and heinous attacks on American soil. Both led to hatred and violence. Both led to America going to war. Granted, in the first case America actually went to war against the group that had attacked us, while in the second case we attacked a country that is only kinda sorta similar in a vague general way to the group who attacked us, but that isn’t the point right now.

Or maybe that is exactly the point. Is there anybody out there — anybody in the free world — that thinks America couldn’t find Osama if we really wanted to? With the apparently unlimited funds that Bush is willing to spend to fund his war-machine does anybody really believe we still haven’t been able to find — seven years later — the man responsible for 09/11? Are they even pretending to look for him anymore?

Why weren’t we hunting down Osama like a rabid dog? Why is he still at large seven years after attacking American citizens on American soil? Why have we lost thousands of men and women fighting a war against people who kinda sorta look like the people who attacked us? And why is the immediate response “remember 9/11″ every time someone questions the war in Iraq? “Remember 9/11″ has become a standard cry used to justify anything the government does. Curtailing personal freedoms, ignoring habeas corpus, ethnic profiling, and junking due process are all results of remembering 9/11.

Do I feel great sympathy for the people lost in the Twin Towers attack? Yes. Does my heart break for the families who were left behind to try to piece their lives together after this hideous tragedy? Of course. Just as I feel so very sorry for the thousands lost and injured in Bush’s Iraq war and their families.

They aren’t getting a national day of remembrance. A day when virtually our whole society stops for a minute to reflect on the pain they have endured. These fallen soldiers don’t even get a hero’s welcome home as they did in other wars… when flag-draped coffins on the nightly news gave us all cause to stop and reflect for a moment on the ultimate sacrifice some unnamed soldier had made on our behalf.

I guess there’s remembering and then there’s remembering. Remembering 9/11 — good. Remembering over 4,000 American soldiers dead in an illegal war made possible by fanning the flames of Americans’ fear and ignorance along with blatant lying — bad. The powers-that-be wanted you to remember 9/11 so badly it was the main theme of their 2004 political convention. I half expected to see little statues of elephants holding up the crippled twin towers buildings positioned around the stage.

Obviously, America is never going to forget the 9/11 attack. Just like we haven’t forgotten the My Lai Massacre. Or the Sand Creek Massacre. Or even the Haun’s Mill Massacre, but I guess only Mormons should really remember that one if you think about it. Wait… we’ve forgiven or at the very least forgotten all of these attacks. Perhaps because remembering them wasn’t convenient to the powers-that-be?

I’m not trying to say we should forget 9/11. I’m just saying please think about why the powers-that-be are so desperate that we should all remember it. Think about how they use your sympathy and empathy for their own purposes.

** Japanese American Internment No Fly List

4 Responses
  1. 2008 September 13

    So true, Hedon.

    There are soldiers today risking their lives in Shrub’s war who still believe there is a connection between 9/11 and Iraq. So sad. Of course they aren’t the children of the rich fucks who started the war so they could steal and while they are stealing in the middle east they are stealing our civil liberties at the same time because we are distracted by their lies.

    Americans need to understand that the 9/11 attacks were not unprovoked. Our imperialistic shenanighans in the Middle East and South Amercia (have you read Confessions Of An Economic Hitman?) have taken years, but their product is the furious hatred of the US. And for Shrub to further victimize the people that died on 9/11 is just adding fuel to the fire.

  2. 2008 September 13

    Great post! I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s viewpoint on 9/11.

    One quote that always makes me think:

    “Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

    Wanna be friends? ;)

  3. 2008 September 13

    Hedon,

    You could NOT have said this better. This is exactly, exactly, EXACTLY the point I was trying to get across in my comment over at RLL.

    My desire to “forgive and forget” was attacked in such a way, I can only believe that those who so violently opposed the idea are the very sheep you talk about; the ones controlled by the fear and hatred continually being rammed down their throats and then topped off by the yearly “day of remembrance”.

    As you said, the thousands of men and women who have lost their lives and continue to lose their lives , in a war started (wrongfully so) because of the events of 9/11, do not have “a day when virtually our whole society stops”.

    This event has become overly politicized and propagandistically woven into the fabric of everyday life, so much so that people invoke “Never Forget” and think it covers all the reasons you mentioned for our people, our government and our country to act as they do. I would suspect a lot of these people haven’t even traveled outside of the United States (although I know RLL has) to get a real idea of what other countries think of us. It’s not just “extremist muslims” who hate us. Unfortunately, Bush has ruined more than just our country, he has ruined what was once our good standing in the world.

    And just like all the attacks you mention here that no one has heard of and no one remembers year after year, 9/11 will soon join their ranks. It will become just another moment in history. By no means am I suggesting that people forget the victims of that day or not have compassion for the waves of pain caused to the many lives touched by that event; I would just like for it to be seen for what it was, and for it not to be used as a political tool of fear that somehow justifies hatred and violence.

    And Decorina, I agree with you 100% also!!

  4. 2008 September 13

    Decorina,

    That’s a really good point. And thanks for mentioning that book — I had it on my to-read list at one point but forgot about it somehow. I thought it sounded really good.

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    Lynn,

    Thanks and great quote! Let’s do be friends, shall we?

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    Ms Rant,

    I think we all agree we should remember the victims and their families. At least I would hope we could all agree on that. I certainly thought that you felt so. I don’t know why so many of RLL’s readers got so up in arms about your comment, but maybe I just read it differently than they did.

    I agree with your point that the “Never Forget” seems to have turned into “They did that so we can do anything we want to anybody we want” Now I know why the government wants it that way, but I can’t figure out why ordinary people seem to feel that way, too.

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