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.
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