September 11, 2006

Never Forget

Normally, we, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” spend our weekdays penning hilarious “posts” chock-a-block with knee-slapping delights. But, dear reader, not today.

For today, as you surely know, is the fifth anniversary of 9/11, certainly one of the most horrific days in American history. As such, we’ve taken a break from our usual routine, in order to pay homage to the victims of this atrocity.

How easy it is, dear reader, to forget about the despicable attack on the USA during the course of five short years! Yes, no one actually forgets that 9/11 happened, but many can’t recall the visceral emotions that the attack dredged up. Instead, lots of folks are content to label the whole thing a “tragedy,” as if 9/11 were a lamentable—though essentially blameless—phenomenon.

But 9/11 wasn’t like the tsunami: Particular people were (and are) to blame. (And, no, conspiracy theorists, George Bush isn’t the prime culprit for both.) Regardless of one’s take on American foreign policy since 9/11, everyone ought to think hard about the ways in which we can both avenge this assault and rid the world of Islamist extremism. If it isn’t through spreading democracy, how shall we accomplish our goals? Capitulation?

Further, we think that an evil event like 9/11 makes clear who are America’s friends and enemies. As much as Yassir Arafat worked to hide it, the Palestinians reveled en masse over the carnage. We wept; they cheered in the streets like barbarians. Whilst we reflect on the situation in Israel, we ought never forget that, deep down, the Palestinians never have our interests at heart. They are our enemies.

But enough of this partisan soap-boxing. Thousands lost their lives on 9/11, and we ought to do them the simple courtesy of praying for them. In addition, we should give thanks to those armed men and women who defend our nation. They are that most rare of things in postmodern life—heroes.

God bless America. May those who lost their lives on that horrible day rest in peace.

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