Paul Krugman is succinct: we should be ashamed of our response to 9-11

September 11, 2011

The Years of Shame

Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

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One Response to Paul Krugman is succinct: we should be ashamed of our response to 9-11

  1. Andrea says:

    Whew! Well said. I think sensationalizing the event (“worst terrorist attack in history”) and talking about getting retribution (Osama is dead, “justice has been served”) do a disservice to the memories of the victims and the experiences of their loved ones (not to mention the hypocrisy of using it as an excuse to begin wars that have inflicted worse traumas on more people). The anniversary of a trauma is an occasion for sadness and reflection, not hyperbole and warmongering. Turning the other cheek is the most commendable response to aggression… as our “Christian” leaders would do well to remember.

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