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9/11: MEMORIALIZING and IMMORTALIZING the CULT of DEATH (for the tenth time now)

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For the tenth time, let it go already. by Self

FACT: You are four times more likely to be killed by a lightning bolt than by a terror attack. So, yes, by all means, let's bankrupt our nation by starting numerous unnecessary and unjustifiable wars with other countries and killing hundreds of thousands of their citizens, while sacrificing several thousand of our own citizens, to keep us safe from terror. And let's celebrate this monstrously inappropriate response to terror with yearly asinine ceremonials.

It's long past time that we put 9/11 away. 9/11 has been exploited for far too long -- politically, religiously, economically -- in every way imaginable. Every year partisan political hacks, media shills, and religious crazies are all out in force, each serving in their own way, and by their own willful ignorance, to maximize raw emotional response and minimize rational thought. Every year come 9/11 they can always count on having on hand an easily manipulated rabble-rousing mob filled with "compassion" toward 9/11's victims and fear and hate toward its perpetrators that in the right hands is ready to serve just about any end imaginable. Put this emotionally-drenched mob mentality in the hands of some media mogul pushing a far right pro-corporative, war-profiteering agenda with an eye toward sensationalist ratings, and for whom journalistic integrity means absolutely nothing; or in the hands of unscrupulously self-serving politicians, ever ready to milk any issue that comes down the pike for whatever political mileage they can get out of it; or in the hands of any number of Christian fundamentalist evangelical preachers who see Islam as a satanic cult of infidels worshiping an evil god, and you have precisely the situation that we have witnessed every year for the past 9 years come every September 11 -- precisely the situation that is driving both terror and its warmongering response.

Yearly 9/11 ceremonials to cheer and justify morally unjustifiable aggressive wars of choice that have taken the lives of well over a million innocents contribute nothing to honoring the dead. Nor does using the collective appeal of this day of remembrance to stoke America's irrational fears of terrorism as a means of justifying the ongoing curtailment of our freedoms here at home serve our best interests. Nor does using 9/11 to foster distorted images of America as something better than she actually is do us any good. Nor does using 9/11 to stoke all the bigoted fear and hatred of Muslims that runs rampant in America's collective psyche take us any closer to a better America. And to all those who puff themselves up with "Christian" pride on this day of remembrance over the fact that they just happen not to have been born a Muslim, I ask whether you would react with that same inflated pride upon learning that you just happened to be the 8 billionth customer to be checked out at Wal-Mart? Is there a difference?

Regardless, it's time that we put 9/11 away. If we really want to honor the dead, a good place to start would be to stop using them to bring dishonor upon the living.

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Short Bio: Rob Quinn taught Philosophy for ten years at the University of Oklahoma (OU), and the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Prior to this he worked as a therapist in an in-residence psychiatric facility for disturbed young children. (more...)

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Responding to terror with terror.... by Robert Quinn on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 9:37:18 AM
it is time to stop the exploitation of that horrib... by Donald on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 11:58:05 AM
I too have felt revulsion over the 9/ll commemora... by Robert Anschuetz on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 1:14:37 PM
Thanks Bob. Yes, there's much talk about how evil ... by Robert Quinn on Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 11:11:04 AM
I'm so glad someone had the guts to say what neede... by John Peebles on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 1:28:41 PM
Yes, the investigation was a whitewash. We'll prob... by Robert Quinn on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 4:47:05 PM
--Anonymous Oil Executive, on Vice President Dick... by Blaze Gold on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 4:02:25 PM
Blaze: You should come out of the closet with all ... by Robert Quinn on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 4:44:10 PM
who can he trust with his information? The FBI? CI... by larry payne on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 7:52:48 PM
Yes, but the more people who come out with the tru... by Robert Quinn on Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 11:17:21 AM
My Twitter DAILY DOGGEREL for today:   I ... by Joan Wile on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 7:16:09 PM
any good gods out there would have had to look awa... by zon moy on Sunday, Sep 11, 2011 at 5:21:15 PM
First of all it's pretty obvious that the reason t... by Odyseus_97 on Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 10:05:11 AM
Yes, these wars had and have nothing to do with 9/... by Robert Quinn on Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 11:23:25 AM
Think about the choice of targets of the 9/11 atta... by Philip Pease on Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 12:21:22 PM
knew about WTC 7 being demolished?this is one reas... by nativenezperce on Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 4:54:17 PM