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ANOTHER THOUGHT ON 9/11

 

12 Sept 2016

A guy named Jim Wright posted comments on 9/11 that Facebook immediately deleted.  I think he has a point and decided to post his comments here:

Youíre expecting some kind of obligatory 9-11 post, arenít you?

Here it is, but youíre not gonna like it.

15 years ago today 19 shitheads attacked America.

They killed 3000 of us.

And then Ö America got its revenge for 9-11.

Yes we did. Many times over. We killed them. We killed them all. We killed their families. We killed their wives and their kids and all their neighbors. We killed whole nations that werenít even involved just to make goddamned sure. We bombed their cities into rubble. We burned down their countries.

They killed 3000 of us, we killed 300,000 of them or more.

8000 of us came home in body bags, but we got our revenge. Yes we did.

Weíre still here. They arenít.

We win. USA! USA! USA!

Right?

You goddamned right. We. Win.

ExceptÖ

Every year on this day we bath in the blood of that day yet again. We watch the towers fall over and over. Itís been 15 goddamned years, but we just canít get enough. Weíve just got to watch it again and again.

Itís funny how we never show those videos of the bombs falling on Baghdad today. Or the dead in the streets of Afghanistan. We got our revenge, but we never talk about that today. No, we just sit and watch the towers fall yet again.

Somewhere out there on the bottom of the sea are the rotting remains of the evil son of bitch who masterminded the attack. It took a decade, but we hunted him down and put a bullet in his brain. Sure. We got him. Right? Thatís what we wanted. thatís what our leaders promised us, 15 years ago today.

And today those howling the loudest for revenge shrug and say, well, yeah, that. That doesnít matter, because, um, yeah, the guy in the White House, um, see, well, heís not an American, heís the enemy see? Heís not doing enough. So, whatever. What about that over there? And that? AndÖ

Yeah.

15 years ago our leaders, left and right, stood on the steps of the Capitol and gave us their solemn promise to work together, to stand as one, for all Americans.

Howíd that promise work out?

How much are their words worth? Today, 15 years later?

Itís 15 years later and weíre STILL afraid. Weíre still terrorized. Still wallowing in conspiracy theories and peering suspiciously out of our bunkers at our neighbors. Sure we won. Sure we did. We became a nation that tortures our enemies ó and our own citizens for that matter. Weíre a nation of warrantless wiretaps and rendition and weíve gotten used to being strip searched in our own airports. And how is the world a better place for it all?

And now weíre talking about more war, more blood.

But, yeah, we won. Sure. You bet.

Frankly, I have had enough of 9-11. Fuck 9-11. Iím not going to watch the shows. Iím not going to any of the memorials. Iím not going to the 9-11 sales at Wal-Mart. I donít want to hear about 9-11. I for damned sure am not interested in watching politicians of either party try to out 9-11 each other. Iím tired of this national 9-11 PTSD. I did my bit for revenge, I went to war, Iíll remember the dead in my own time in my own way.

Iím not going to shed a damned tear today.

We got our revenge. Many times over, for whatever good it did us.

Iím going to go to a picnic and enjoy my day. Enjoy this victory weíve won.

I suggest you do the same.

I have always had a problem when 9/11 rolls around because of the fact that we were not in the United States when it happened, so we missed all the media coverage.  You never realize how our emotions are affected by media coverage until the entire country spent several days glued to the television, while you were in another country where the event did not receive all that much coverage.

When we returned home from England, it was to a different country.  The first thing I noticed was flags everywhere.

My grief over the events of 9/11 are real and deep, but can't possibly match those who sat here, day after day, watching video over and over again, hearing the anguish of people searching for relatives and friends, and sharing their tears.

So I think that Jim Wright has a point with his comments about the commemoration of this date.

Mostly, I am angry that Facebook chose to delete his words as inappropriate.

Aren't the brave men and women fighting for this country fighting for such things as the right to speak our mind about things that are important to us?  I can't find anything offensive in his piece. I didn't go enjoy a picnic on 9/11, but I did watch many hours of Star Trek instead of 9/11 memorials.

Here are my own reflections on 9/11 posted in 2011.
 

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