The enormous effort to whitewash 911 is deeply disturbing and more than a little offensive.
The message is not "forget it." The message is, "never forget."
As I was walking past Manhattan newstands this morning, I saw there, front and center, New York Magazine's special 911 double issue. The cover has huge 911 typeface and this photo. A picture of a blue sky and with huge clouds (or white smoke).
Does this image represent what happened to our great nation ten years ago? Inside, the geniuses on their editorial staff tells us why we were attacked:
....to the terrorists themselves, "America," remained vague and abstract. The nineteen hijackers had no feeling for our culture and society and only the most general objections to it. When they did think about America, it was a certain kind of dupe, an overmuscled husk through which more malevolent forces moved, some of them having to do with capitalism or Christianity but most having to do with Israel.
Has any other culture been so prone to life-threatening idiocy? Ten years later and the editorial staffers at New York magazine don't know that it was jihad. This is what freedom lovers are up against.
Nowhere inside the issue are pictures of the attack. It is bad enough that those images are embargoed 364 days of the year, but on the tenth anniversary as well?
"An overmuscled husk": the schmuck who concocted that turn of phrase must have been really proud of that one. There cavalier attitude towards our war dead and the war and their disinformation disarms the people and leaves us more vulnerable to the next act of jihad. This city is in a contast state of preparadeness. Against what, exactly? NY Magazine will never tell.
They laud Mayor Gloomberg's insensivity and seeming dementia:
The mayor’s tough, crucial attitude: Get over it.
Though 9/11 made Michael Bloomberg mayor, he’s sometimes seemed insensitive about its aftereffects on others—he once memorably said he wanted to tell widows they needed to “suck it up” and move on. What came across as cold-blooded bluster had an idea behind it, however, one that’s been of surprising importance in coming to grips with the tragedy: The past is past, but we can do something about the future. “What I say to parents at memorial services is ‘You can’t do anything about Johnny. The priest says he’s in a better place. Okay, you believe that, you believe that,’ ” Bloomberg said inside City Hall this past August 15. “ ‘But you can build a better world for him. So start a memorial fund, or just have a good life. And make sure his kids don’t grieve.’ ”
The "Encyclopedia" of 911 has hundreds of entries from "Karlheinz Stockhausen" to "preemption," "paper - dispersal of," "portraits of grief," "blue," "frozeon zone," "America," "Blind sheikh," "carpooling," "Republican convention," "sex and the city -- (was it still ok to drink cosmos?)" "yamasaki Minoru," but no "Ground Zero mosque." As if the milliionswho opposed that cultural obscenity never existed, ignoring that the mega-mosque was a continuation of the 911 attacks.
This past weekend, the President called for "service": volunteeerism on September 11th. That is inappropriate and sacrilegious. September 11th is a national day of mourning. Not service, but remembrance for those who died in a surprise military strike against the United States of America conducted by the military wing of the global jihad, resulting in the largest loss of life in American history.
Is Pearl Harbor a day of service? D Day? September 11 is not about service; it is about honoring our war dead. This is deeply offensive. This is part of the relentless campaign to whitewash 911 and distract from the terrible reality of the day that forever changed this country.
September 11th is a day of mourning. It's a day of remembrance and honoring our fallen. Service? How dare he. Service sounds like penance. For what? Why? We were attacked. It was mass murder to overthrow the American government and destroy our beloved freedoms. 911 should have ben declared a national day of remembrance. It should have been a national day of mourning.
December 7th is not a day of service. This is a tactic to whitewash what happened and turn it into some kumbaya circus.
Service is a fine thing. Any other day.
The firefighters and police officers and innocent Americans were heroes, great Americans. We must pay them and their brothers tribute. Honor them on September 11th at West Broadway and Park Place at our 911 Freedom Rally. Stand for freedom and against the deception and lies being used to subdue us. Join us, Robert Spencer and me, on September 11th at West Broadway and Park Place and protest this cultural obscenity at our 911 Freedom Rally. Remember last year?
Speakers include U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (video message); German MP René Stadtkewitz, leader of Germany’s Freedom Party; Dr. Arieh Eldad, former candidate for Prime Minister of Israel, Member of the Knesset; Sudanese ex-slave and freedom fighter Simon Deng; the courageous ex-Muslim human rights activist Wafa Sultan; war hero and North Carolina Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano; popular radio host Joyce Kaufman; Darla Dawald, National Director of the Patriot Action Network; James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Taskforce (VAST); Coptic Christian activist Joseph Nassralla; Iraqi ex-Muslim Michael Paul; and others.
Members of the clergy (banned from the official ceremonies) will be there for our invocation. And first responders, who were not invited to to the official ceremonies, will speak and are welcomed at our Freedom rally of remembrance.
And that evening, we will host a special screening screening of the groundbreaking film, The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks (more here), at The Actor's Temple Theater on 47th between 8th and 9th Avenues. RSVP to GroundZeroMosque@aol.com.