Saturday, September 11, 2010

Islamic "controversy" and 9-11 pandering

9/11 events go on in shadow of Islam controversies
AP – 11 mins ago

NEW YORK – A day of mourning for nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims began with moments of silence and tears near ground zero, as observers braced for protests over a mosque planned blocks away on what is usually an anniversary free of politics.

What a big load of stinking shit.

There is only a controversy because the media has made it so. The Islamic center is located two NYC blocks away from "ground zero." I am getting tired of the media whipping the ignorant proles into a frenzy.

Then you have the grief whores. . . these are people who are constantly throwing around the "Remember 9-11" bullshit along with waving their little tear soaked American flags. If you weren't there, if nobody you know was killed there, if you were not directly effected by the events of 9-11 and you're still going around 9 years late getting all emotional and tore up over those events then you are probably a psychotic grief junkie.

My WTC story:
I remember when I was a teenager catching a bus into the city and making my way out to Staten Island to hook up with a pretty little blond girl I'd met in summer camp. I ended up walking down the medium of the highway that runs along the river in lower Manhattan while trying to get down to the Staten Island ferry (yea, I was a country bumpkin trying to make my way through the maze of NYC without having a clue about public transportation, etc.). I remember looking up at the double towered monstrosity they were building that seemed to loom directly over me a reach infinitely into the sky. The tops were covered in yellow plastic. It was an incredible sight for a 16 yr old hick from upstate. As I was looking up I got dizzy and almost fell backwards into the speeding traffic on the four lane highway. . . that scared the hell outta me. Every time I ever went to NYC after that I'd gaze at those towers in wonder and amazement and think about the awesome perspective I had on them that day.

As I watched them crumble on Sept. 11, 2001 I wept. I wept because I felt the horror of watching all those people die. I knew right then that thousands of people were dying before my eyes. I wept because those immense breath taking icons of American civilization were crumbling before my eyes. I didn't just weep, I cried hard. I cried out loud with my face buried in my hands. It was one of the most horrifying things I ever witnessed.

I've moved on from that moment of grief and shock a looooong time ago. I don't use it to inspire hate within me for some ethnic group. I don't use it to justify the terrible misdeeds done by my country.
If you're still waving the flag and sporting your "remember 9-11" tee shirt, that's all you're doing is playing some dumb fuck pitiful role. You're a sorry ass grief monkey. Get over it, move on and do some thing positive for your country instead of living in the past and building a collective resentment that will eventually destroy us all. . . yes, the collective hate and resentment of something totally irrelevant like that will destroy our country. You aren't patriots. You're a bunch of sorry assed dip shits who have no idea what patriotism or Americanism really means.
Fuck all of you.


Herbert Weaver said...

Gotta disagree. Even though I was living in California at the time and 9-11 was just a weird thing that happened thousands of miles away on TV, even though I didn't know anyone who was directly effected, it was a traumatic thing. And I remember the way people on the bus, downtown, in the malls, actually went out of their way to acknowledge other people for a while and bond. It was like a bereavement that brings family closer together. And 9-11 still makes me grieve for the people who died but mostly for that 'post 9-11' connection that was erased by right wing haters who turned it into an excuse to pick on Muslims. Gradually, the empathy and, dare I say it the 'Christian love' we rediscovered went away. That's the saddest thing. We should remember 9-11. And it should make us remember that we're all in it together, that we're all just people and it should make us reject the hate.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

You have a point Herbie, but these grief whores are simply using it to fuel their hatred, resentments, prejudices, etc. It's mostly a big dramatic act for them where they get to talk about "freedom" and "patriotism" and all those base emotional bell ringers that the extremist right wing love to put on parade.
Like I said, I was effected as much as anyone who wasn't there or directly effected, but I'll be damned if I'm going to wallow in it and debase that terrible event by making it a rallying point for low forms of behavior.

Herbert Weaver said...

But if more of us did remember 9-11 for the right reasons, reflect on it emotionally and with humanity, it would show the hatemongers up for the inhuman shitbags they are. They kind of remind me of holocaust deniers who take advantage of the fact that people who lived thru WWII are disappearing fast and we are so far away from those times that our 'emotional investment' has gotten so small we don't really care anymore. I can't imagine they'd have got away with holocaust denial back in the 50s. Same, these anti-Muslim fucks would not have been able to hijack 9-11 a few years ago because people would have fought back against them. But now, after so long, we're all kinda 'meh' and they get away with it.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Good point Herb. On holocaust denial or using the "Nazi" card. . . I grew up and was raised by those who fought the Nazis and freed the Jews in Germany. They wouldn't let us forget what happened during their time. For that reason I find it particularly offensive when people paint President Obama like Hitler or deny the horrors of Nazi Germany.
Maybe it's the same honor and respect I feel toward the WWII generation that causes me to be disgusted at the 9-11 grief whores.