Really. Fuck them.
We’re in the midst of a rolling tragedy that has dwarfed what happened on 9/11/2001. The pandemic has killed hundreds of times more Americans than the 9/11 terrorists did - with some help, of course, from a treasonous fifth column in our country that’s actively sided with the damned virus, and opposed all measures to limit its spread. But I digress.
In my small town, the bells are going to ring out at the times when each of the four airplanes crashed twenty years ago. Well, fuck that. Last winter, we had a whole month where we were losing a 9/11 per day to the plague. According to Worldometer, from January 8th to February 7th, 2021, the 7-day rolling average was up over 3000 deaths per day. For the next 20 years, are the bells going to ring out on every one of those days? I doubt it. Damned if I know why one thing is worse than the other - especially when the other is going on right fucking now. It’s just hard to give a flying fuck about a much smaller disaster that happened a generation ago.
Imagine that some disaster had killed 3000 Americans in 1923. Would we have stopped everything for memorial observances of that event in 1943, in the middle of WWII? Of course not.
And of course, the Shrub Administration used the 9/11 attacks as an excuse for much greater carnage. Hundreds of thousands died in Iraq as a result of our invasion, and millions became refugees. Hell, even in Afghanistan, I recently read that we killed over 20,000 Afghani civilians over the length of our involvement there. Those fucking idiots thought they could do the Middle East as if it was nothing more than a game of Risk, and the result was death on a far greater scale than that which was inflicted on us.
Memorialize them. Have a day where we hang our heads in shame for all the times we’ve thought we could fix things through war in some part of the world we didn’t understand in the least. That would be a good thing: an exercise in national humility and recognition of our limits.
And then maybe do something about that pro-Covid fifth column.