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Looking forward

Posted by keithosaunders on September 12, 2011

What a relief to have all the September 11th sensationalism behind us.  I found the media’s coverage, be it sports, or “news” related, to be utterly repugnant.  It was another excuse to show the burning buildings — a celebration of death.  That old rallying cry, never forget, always sounded like a threat to me, but never so much as this past week.  We may not be able to fund schools or health care, but thanks to the deeds of a few dirtbags with box cutters, we have an open-ended excuse to go to war.  

Our reaction to the attacks of September 11th incited a killing spree, the likes of which has not been seen since the invasion of Japan.  Its result, besides the hundreds of thousands of murdered civilians, is that the U.S. is practically bankrupt and will soon be cutting medicare and social security.  This reaction played into Al Qaeda’s hands.  They knew they couldn’t win a war against the U.S.  What they could do, however, was play havoc with our economy.  The eroding of our constitutional rights was a bonus.  
It makes perfect sense that the sports worlds plays up the tragedy of September eleventh with endless tributes and military fly-overs.  What better showcase for our militaristic policies than the black and white, statistics laden world of sports?  The reaction to the attack was childlike, so perhaps it’s fitting that it should be featured in a kids game. 
I saw a little of the Mets/Cubs game at the bar I was working at last night.  I don’t know who was announcing, (Buck?) but when he gave a “shoutout” to Homeland Security for keeping us safe I nearly threw up in my mouth.  HOmeland Security has done a tremendous job keeping us in a constant state of anxiety.  From the asinine color coded security threats, so expertly exploited by the Bush administration during election season, to the security theatre run by the TSA, they have succeeded in breaking our spirit while draining the federal budget.

Who came up with the name Homeland Security?  It sounds like the work of Cheney or Ashcroft.  Am I the only one that thinks this name sounds fascist?  Substitute “Fatherland” or “Rhineland” and you’d have a more apt title.

I only hope now that we have passed the ten-year mark we can begin to put it behind us.  It was a horrible, horrible day — the worst day ever in New York City.  Even now it’s difficult to recall it without choking up.  But if we’re never to forget, I believe we should look at the entire picture.  Rather than play the victim, or the bully, we must look at our own house and see what can be done to improve it.

4 Responses to “Looking forward”

  1. verdun2 said

    Although I essentially agree with you about sports and the 11 Sept. events, somehow it kind of (vaguely) works for football, where so much of the jargon (blitz, etc) is military related.
    Maybe, as an ex-GI that’s why I like baseball so much more.

    • It’s funny you mention that, Verdun, because my best friend (and next post’s guest blogger) wrote yesterday in an email that the commemoration’s in the NFL seemed much less obtrusive than those in MLB. He said football limited it to pregame and halftime, whereas in baseball it was wall to wall throughout the games.

      • verdun2 said

        Was busy Saturday, so I didn’t see any of MLB’s homage to 11 September and wanted to watch opening weekend in the NFL (Ravens/Steelers) so I’ll bow to your friend’s comments on how they handled the date. What I meant is that footbal is much more prone than baseball to use military type terms (blitz, bomb, trenches, air force for the passing game, ground attack for the run, etc) than baseball (although I supposed some Freudian might comment on the bat as a very fancy club) so that when football extols martial values it sort of follows.

  2. bkivey said

    Didn’t see any 9/11 coverage: not interested. TSA and the Patriot Act were a mistake. As the saying goes “Act in haste, repent at leisure.”

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