This is a repost and update in honor of President Obama’s invoking of 9/11 in his latest speech to justify the Afghan war. “On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people. They struck at our military and economic nerve centers. They took the lives of innocent men, women, and children without regard to their faith or race or station. Were it not for the heroic actions of the passengers on board one of those flights, they could have also struck at one of the great symbols of our democracy in Washington, and killed many more.
As we know, these men belonged to al Qaeda – a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world’s great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents. Al Qaeda’s base of operations was in Afghanistan, where they were harbored by the Taliban – a ruthless, repressive and radical movement that seized control of that country after it was ravaged by years of Soviet occupation and civil war, and after the attention of America and our friends had turned elsewhere.
Just days after 9/11, Congress authorized the use of force against al Qaeda and those who harbored them – an authorization that continues to this day. The vote in the Senate was 98 to 0. The vote in the House was 420 to 1.” (link)
Shut up already about 9/11
The United States is using 9/11 as an excuse to be the world’s police force and to attack Muslim dominated nations. In that spirit, I have performed the following actions:
I kicked an Englishman in the balls today in remembrance of Bloody Sunday and the atrocities in Ireland. I burnt Oxford editions of the collected works of Shakespeare, the British playwright of terror, for good measure.
Throwing bricks through the window of a sushi restaurant satisfied my lust to get back at the Japanese for Pearl Harbor. I do that every December 7. I also like to smash big snouted Romans in the nose for their besting my Celtic Queen, Queen Boudicca, back in the first century. I stabbed a priest for all the pedophilia and betrayal by other Catholic priests for good measure.
Then I gathered some patriots to spit on some Christians as they left their holy church of terrorist training for bombing Oklahoma City’s Federal Building. We also spray painted “Jesus Freaks” on the side of several Christian terrorist training centers. It was the Protestants that killed my Irish ancestors, so we had to go on and burn a few Christian churches (and their terrorist training manual, the Bible) in the process. That will show those Prods that we are right and they are wrong.
Honor the dead, but don’t use their deaths as an excuse to hate, discriminate and hurt and kill others. (link)
Self proclaimed super patriot’s scream, “We must never forget.” Forget what? Forget that you irrationally fear and hate all Muslims based on the actions of a tiny group of fundamentalists?
Shut up about 9/11 already. How about using the historical tragedy as a call to promote peace. Or is that too close to the original message of Jesus?
The article “The United States of Fear” states well how we have sold out our freedoms in the name of fear. (link)
Enjoy, and happy endless wars. And as President Obama said to end his speech justifying continued war, “Thank you, God Bless you, God Bless our troops, and may God Bless the United States of America.” No, God bless you President Obama.
For fun, compare President’s Obama misinformation and lies about Afghanistan with those in Lyndon Johnson’s speech about Vietnam.
Addendum: I am not asking or expecting anyone to stop grieving or remembering the loss, especially personal losses, from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. What I hope is that we stop allowing politicians and others to use 9/11 to justify torture, wars against innocent nations and people, civilian bombing, rendition, assassination and other atrocities.