The Years of Shame by Paul Krugman
"Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?
Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons."
The obvious reason being that you are a fornicating idiot. Dr Krugman, if you have the courage to write what you did, you ought to have the balls to listen to the reaction you’ll get.
The memorials at the site of the World Trade Center are not about politics and they are not about party. Yesterday, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush stood side-by-side, along with Vice President Joe Biden, to dedicate the Flight 93 memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Today, former President Bush stood with President Barack Obama, at the ceremonies at “Ground Zero.”
Those ceremonies were noting the men and women lost to terrorism, and the bravery of the New York City Police and Fire Department as they tried to rescue the people in the World Trade Center. In Pennsylvania, we all honored the courage of the passengers of Flight 93, who, knowing that if they did nothing, many thousands more could die, took on the Islamists, bringing down the plane.
If I happen to step in a pile of dog crap today, I will have stepped on something more valuable than Paul Krugman.
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