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September 11, 2012

9/11 Open Thread

by Stephen Littau

As everyone is fully aware, today marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Due to this passage of time, I’m somewhat conflicted about whether today should be strictly about remembering the victims and celebrating the heroism of the first responders (as well as how ordinary Americans came together donating their time, money, blood, and etc.) or if it’s appropriate to focus on the causes of this horrific violence (in the aftermath, people started asking the question: why?).

On his radio show today, Neal Boortz challenged listeners to look for MSM articles or broadcasts that would make any mention of the words “Muslim terrorists” or “Islamic terrorists” as opposed to simply “terrorists.” In addition to this challenge, for those who would like to take this up, I would be very interested if any MSM article has made any mention of the term “blowback” or anything referencing a response to American foreign policy as a reason for the attacks (Lest I be accused of making excuses for these Islamic terrorists, understanding the motivations for why they attacked WTC and the Pentagon is not the same as justifying their reasons or the attacks themselves).

I’m sure that some of you have some thoughts you would like to share on this very tragic anniversary, so feel free to offer your thoughts here in this open thread.

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  1. I would advance the position that anyone who believes in the blowback theory of political violence is agressively self delusional, and entirely and wilfully ignorant of history, reality, islamist policy… I could go on.

    Blowback is the kind of fantasy that abused wives construct for themselves “If I didn’t make him so angry, he wouldn’t hit me”.

    Yes, they would. They would be trying to kill us even if we never had anything to do with them; because they need an enemy to kill, and we’re the best enemy by far.

    Comment by cbyrneiv — September 11, 2012 @ 11:24 am
  2. “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia”

    Comment by Akston — September 11, 2012 @ 10:46 pm
  3. Ahh yes, keen politicial insight there Akston.

    Comment by cbyrneiv — September 12, 2012 @ 12:53 pm
  4. Thanks.

    Orwell’s doublethink became doublespeak, which is exemplified when we discuss a war on a tactic. Of course, the war will conclude when the tactic is defeated or surrenders. I wonder if that will take longer or shorter than it will take for Oceania to defeat Eurasia, er Eastasia.

    I wonder if the population of Eastasia is more or less than the 2.1 billion Muslims. Well regardless, I’m sure they’re all the same. And all out to get us.

    Comment by Akston — September 12, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

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