Skip to comments.I'm Sick of 9/11 Memorials (Vanity)
Posted on 09/11/2011 8:59:46 AM PDT by JewishRighter
I don't know about other FReepers, but I am sick and tired of the 9/11 memorials. Maybe you read my headline and thought I am an insensitive jerk, a troll, a liberal or a lunatic who doesn't have the sense to realize the importance of marking this day appropriately. You'd be 180 degrees wrong and that's just my point. I mean I'm sick and tired of the way this day is remembered. I mean the weepy, maudlin preoccupation with the "tragedy" of 9/11. Of course, I don't mean that there should be no solemn observance to pay the proper respect to the victims and to comfort their families. I just mean the obsessive singular focus on the aspects of loss and so-called tragedy to the exclusion of what I believe should be the true American, patriotic form of remembrance.
For reference, I think we should look at the one day in our history that comes closest to the events of 9/11, Pearl Harbor. A study of public reaction from contemporary resources shows a nearly uniform sentiment: dignified rage. Recruiting offices around the country were mobbed with men who shared this dignified rage and knew in their hearts that the correct and proper thing to do is to destroy the vicious and treacherous enemy who dared to commit such wanton acts of murder and destruction on America. Beyond those who were willing and able to bear arms, the entire nation rallied around the flag and their government in full throated support of an unapologetic war to visit annihilation on the perpetrators.
Mind you, the righteous anger of America that blazed on December 7, 1941 and the unity of purpose to destroy our enemies did not wane in 4 weeks or 6 weeks or 6 months as it did after 9/11. Politicians did not tell Americans to just go out and shop or otherwise behave as if nothing had happened. Fierce American resolve from the President down to the private in the foxhole to Rosie the riveter kept burning brightly from the day of the attack until and even after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were smoldering piles of ash. Setbacks along the way did not diminish, but renewed, American determination to see vengeance through to victory.
Of course, there were memorials for the soldiers, airmen and sailors killed at Pearl Harbor. Although I haven't had the privilege to visit, I understand that the Arizona memorial is a most solemn and sobering tribute to the men who died that day. But I find no evidence that Americans reacted to and remembered Pearl Harbor with such intense focus on the victims and their families or that they regarded the attack as a "tragedy". It wasn't a tragedy - it was an outrage, it was the worst kind of villainy, it was evil incarnate and Americans back then knew what to do and how to behave. And, I might add that the American culture of the day was more stoic and more dignified in their sorrow. You didn't have every single surviving family member making tear filled speeches and reading poetry. Again, for those who might misunderstand, I am not taking one iota away from their pain and suffering, but I believe the preoccupation with that part of 9/11 diminishes its significance and the national resolve and sense of purpose that are needed to finish the job of eradicating the barbarians who would visit a thousand 9/11's on us every day if they could.
Separate and apart from the tragedy of the loss of life for the victims and their families, the message of 9/11 and its remembrance on the national level is not one of tragedy at all, but should follow the example of the Greatest Generation: 9/11 should be a solemn, dignified remembrance of loss but it should also be a time to reflect on the vicious, evil atrocity that was done to our country and to renew our united determination to obliterate every last vestige of the people and the ideology that brought death to our shores.
G-d Bless America and Bring Death to Her Enemies!
Me too I anit watching any off it I think about 911 almost everyday anyway
And I don't mean that in a good way.
Well to be honest, I don’t really care.
I live in Manhattan and am from the area and I am both crying and very much enjoying watching our memorial on TV right now.
Listening to the names has meaning, recognition. I guess you just don’t get it.
Leave NY to do NY, none of your business then.
I agree that its being overdone. I have seen some great low key tributes in sports since yesterday.
Well written ‘Vanity’, and I tend to agree.
Are you sure your read my essay?
Might have been different if every household had a tv back then
He or she couldn’t have. It was very well written and I agree with you. As far as the poster’s comments to you this was an attack on America not New York. There were also attacks in DC and a plane diverted and taken down in a Pennsylvania field. How selfish for the poster to claim it’s a New York thing.
Not everyone wants to remember 9/11 in the same manner. For those who value them, these memorial services are a good and uplifting thing. For those who don’t value them, their best move is to opt out and let others live as they see fit. So, what’s the purpose of this vanity except to post a vanity?
“Might have been different if every household had a tv back then”
I might agree if you said “might have been different is they had tv and today’s MSM back then”.
As they used to say:
You can GO FLY A KITE!
Love Nuke Somebody"........
Agreed.We should remember who did this along with the idiot politicians who are scared to death of their own shadow who placate the muzzie scumbags.
Did you read the essay or just the title?
I don’t have television so I have no idea what you are talking about.
Finally! Someone says something along the lines of my thinking.
I can't wait for it to be 9/12.
This morning I had to turn off my all news radio station that I listen to while I'm shaving. Nanny Bloomberg was on. Then he called for a minute of silence. When the silence was broken, it was by an even bigger blowhard. I've had enough. It's almost as if people are celebrating what happened ten years ago.
I keep hearing about "heroes." As far as I'm concerned, there was only one group of heroes that day. Their leader was Todd Beamer. The rest of us, living and dead, were victims. Those killed didn't give their lives. They were murdered by an enemy whose name the blowhards will fail to mention.
And the scrubbing of the rage, of naming the enemy that is all among us, of the endless multicultural understanding tripe that washes away all resolve.
I don’t have a television, either, but a lot can be picked up on the computer (CSPAN, eg.), from the news items and on radio. The tenor of events is very sad and hardly a word is spoken about the bastards who did the dirty deed and what we ought to still be doing about it.
however, if what you say is accurate, and I think it probably is, then I agree with you.
You pretty much stated my feelings, in fact I would say I have the exact same thoughts about Sept. 11 and all the various memorials.
Agree. But, I would add to the list of heroes the firefighters and other first responders who rushed to the flames to save others and gave everything as a result
No there were lots and lots of heroes that day. Too many to try to go back in news and find them all. I recall one man who stayed with a coworker who was in a wheelchair and unable to leave the building. How about all the first responders who surely knew entering the building to try to help others was a suicide mission at best?
TV and the Internet have greatly changed the way we react to just about everything. I think your vanity is unfortunate, and yes, I read it.
I am glued to the TV today watching all the 9/11 shows. It reminds me that I do have a good reason to hate muslims and islam and to vote for those who are not too PC to admit the evils of islam.
I’m not watching TV / listening to radio today.
I am grieving in my own way, without prompting by a talking head or a politician.
Like almost everyone, I watched in shock and horror as the events of 9/11/01 played out.
I didn’t need to be told what to think or how to “feel” then, and I don’t need to today.
Can’t speak for all of the events of the day, but the memorial event down at ground zero seems dignified and appropriate. Good to see it.
There is a NCIS marathon on USA channel.
I’m sick of seeing all of the blowhard politicians and celebrities pontificating on 911.....this is not about them.
I’m tired of politicians from both parties using the 9/11 memorials as an excuse to put their two cents in.
I believe I’m clear and unwavering in my understanding of the cause and the issues. Almost all of the government, media and other ceremonial handwringing is off point and counterproductive.
Sure, any flag waving and tribute to our troops is good, but all the abstracted calls for unity and understanding are subversive to the cause of our fellow countrymen understanding and facing a serious international and cultural threat.
The wallowing in and elevating of victimization is not a fitting tribute to those lost.
I disagree, this was an American tragedy and our coverage of the ten year anniversary of 9/11 shows the entire world we have not and will not forgotten.
Should have been forget not forgotten.
The only memorial I want to see are glowing craters where mecca, medina and that damnable well in Iran used to be.
BTW, I love sarah, too. I appreciate your viewpoint, but I don’t get that reaction from the funereal nature of the observances. It makes me feel the survivor’s sadness but it doesn’t say anything about how and why they died and who needs to pay for it.
I figure this is the one day of the year that liberal networks can try to perpetuate the lie that they don’t hate American completely with every single ounce of their collective black hearts.
>>>There is a NCIS marathon on USA channel.
That’s whats on my TV....
How about this guy’s sentiments?
I am frustrated that we see these efforts to turn 9/11 into a day of service.
I am all for volunteerism and helping others in other contexts, but what is the point of stressing volunteerism in remembrance of 9/11?
It’s as if we want to mark the day, but don’t really want to talk about what happened that day, or who attacked us. Encouraging volunteerism is fine, but, doing so in remembrance of 9/11 seems out of place, in my opinion.
“The wallowing in and elevating of victimization is not a fitting tribute to those lost.”
Gee, whiz, I wish I had said that. Nail, meet hammer.
Did the flash mob singing Amazing Grace work as Bloomieberg was going to speak? And all these memorials refuse to show
people dying that day, like gee it didn’t really happen or soemthing.
after 10 years we ought to be celebrating a victory over the taliban and al quaida and have world wide terrorism brought to its knees . instead we have tied our own hands with the left crying foul at every attempt to defeat our enemy, plus the same politicians who are busy being solemn and wiping tears are the same ones who worked against our military and President Bush . our men and women are dying because we arent allowed to do what is necessary to do finish this
But in the case of the 9/11 crap it's worse. All pimped up for political and publicity gains.
See, I disagree. These were people just doing their job. They had been trained to run into burning buildings. They just didn't expect these burning buildings to collapse. You can be quite sure that after the first tower fell, no one climbed up any stairs in the other tower while it still stood.
I'm watching local TV coverage from NYC. There are no talking heads or reporters. Just folks reading the roll call and remembering their loved ones.
Perhaps this isn't the coverage some of you are seeing around the country.
Krugman is really the human equivalent of a rabid dog.