Like It’s Ancient History

Scanning the home page of the paper of record, I wondered how it would remember 9/11. My expectations were low, but not low enough. There was nothing. No mention. A day that will live in infamy? Obviously not.

It’s like it never happened, which might be better than the alternative, which is where it’s trivialized as no big deal, the number of deaths following a terrorist attack on American soil is barely a fraction of those who died of COVID-19 because they refused to wear masks or get vaccinated. This version of reality shows how the progressive left has transcended the petty deaths of barely 3000 Americans compared to the millions who died during the pandemic because they loved Trump.

Then there’s the woke racist angle, that 9/11 gave rise to yet another American racist attack against Muslims and Arabs, and anyone who looked arabish, as brown skinned devils. And even the freedom fighters in planes were merely standing up against America’s disgraceful racist and capitalist ways. While it might be wrong to fly a plane into tall buildings, their cause was understandable.

And now there’s no room on the homepage of the New York Times to even mention that today is the 21st Anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, the deaths of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, our family.

Curiously, there is an op-ed that relates tangentially to 9/11, though it’s really about Rudy Giuliani and his fall from grace following his high point as America’s Mayor after he didn’t lose his head in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

With his fame at its pinnacle following Sept. 11, every possible career door swung open. But instead of preserving his statesman’s role — a hero above mere politics — he chose to cash in.

His mercenary vehicle was Giuliani Partners, which was billed primarily as a management consulting firm, though neither he nor his group of former City Hall aides had management consulting experience. He was doubtlessly aware that it wasn’t his expertise his clients would pay for, but rather his name.

To be fair, Rudy was always a small, petty fellow like a certain other New Yorker who was widely known to be puny, never one suited to greatness, and so there really was no elder statesman option available to him. Yes, in the aftermath of 9/11, Rudy was calm and controlling, what a city needed, with his former golf caddy driver, Bernie, at his side, but he topped out at calm. You can’t make a living off keeping your cool, and besides, it was just this one time, and not the way his normal way of reacting to crisis. Rudy got one right. That was good, but not good enough for a future career. But I digress.

Today is 9/11, the 21st anniversary of the day terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and firefighters, police officers, and court officers rushed in to save lives and died.

I do not forget. I will not.

8 thoughts on “Like It’s Ancient History

  1. Guitardave

    If dust could only talk
    What would we hear it say?
    Before it’s brushed aside
    Just as it’s swept away

    It’s just the evidence
    It’s of no consequence
    It’s only flesh and bone
    Why don’t you leave it alone?

  2. David

    Staying with the no links rule. Did you see?

    Domain in question – /2021/09/11/us/9-11-photos-images.html
    Domain in question – /2021/09/08/arts/design/9-11-anniversary-lower-manhattan.html
    Domain in question – /interactive/2021/09/09/world/911-lessons-teens.html

    All currently on the home page though a bit far down.

    1. SHG Post author

      It’s always interesting how people come in later, after something has been criticized and subsequently changed in response to that criticism, and are so mindbogglingly stupid not to grasp that what’s there now wasn’t there before. How do such people get out of bed without killing themselves?

      And then there’s the /2021/ in the url, but not everyone is technically savvy enough to appreciate what it means.

  3. Drew Conlin

    Interesting how few comments on this piece.
    The Japanese were good at not teaching the sadistic and cruel war crimes they committed. Are we trying to erase history based on some sort of self hatred?
    Don’t know if this response will make the cut but I love my country. I don’t love it blindly or by willfully ignoring our shortcomings but by knowing it’s populated by many many great people.

  4. Hunting Guy

    I remember and I don’t forgive. I lost people I knew in the Pentagon strike and in action afterwards.

    The Saudi government is better than Japan in covering their involvement in horrific activities.

  5. JJ

    Why does the NYT represent the entire progressive left when MSNBC has as much 9/11 coverage as fox and the nypost (i.e. very little)? Just so you can use it as another jumping off point to accuse the entire left as being identical to it’s worst actors, yet again?

    I miss the SJ of 5 years ago before the obsession with wokeness and the view fringe identity extremists from gender studies departments speak for the entire left flank of America.

    1. Miles

      You think the NYT is more left fringe than MSNBC?

      He’s explained numerous times why left authoritarianism is more insidious than right, and your comment proves his point. Sadly, stupid people will continue to get sucked in by one brand of fascists or another and believe they’re the good ones.

      Ironically, it’s on this date, 9/11, that your concern is for the woke rather than those who died. That proves the point as well.

    2. David

      I miss the SJ of 5 years ago…

      Who cares? Nobody asked you to read SJ and if it’s not to your taste, don’t. But don’t be such an asshole about it.

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