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Jonah Goldberg's latest column makes an excellent point. The American media's fear of disturbing its viewers is making it all too easy to forget something we shouldn't: The events of September 11 were truly horrifying.
Well and good. It's important not to forget. Goldberg has done a real and valuable service if he helps us not to.
Sadly, he doesn't stop there; I guess there's too much political capital at stake. We should remember the horror, he seems to suggest, not because we must remain committed to preventing it from happening again, but because — of course — the political Left will otherwise be able to continue to criticize U.S. policy. In a passage happily cited on both InstaPundit.com and OpinionJournal, Goldberg writes:
When Alec Baldwin recently declared that the Florida recount "has done as much damage to our country as any terrorist attack could do" and "I believe that what happened in 2000 did as much damage to the pillars of democracy as terrorists did to the pillars of commerce in New York City," he received a thorough round of applause. That's fine. If you believe that, clap away. Clapping, after all, is one of the first motor skills learned by simians, infants, and the mentally handicapped, so why should students at Florida A&M be denied their natural inclinations?
But, it goes without saying that if the same audience had just watched 15 minutes of honest footage from Sept. 11, at least a few of the morally thoughtful kids would think twice about nodding like jamboree monkeys in a toy-store window.
I mean, sure, there may actually be important reasons to remind ourselves of the enormity of what happened on September 11, but why bother with those when you can make your political opponents look like monkeys instead? Isn't that the way real Americans serve their country?
March 22, 2002 1:03 AM
Kinda ironic, isn't it? When G.W. Bush (a.k.a. Curious George Bush) gives an address full of platitudes and vague patroitic blather, he gets applause after each sentence.
Posted by Mr. Nosuch on March 23, 2002 3:56 PM
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