Saturday, September 11, 2010

Look Back on 9/11 But Don't Stare


I am so totally on the same page with President Obama today on remembering and observing the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11. It is fitting to remember the people of all faiths and nationalities who perished and to remember how shocked we all were by the first invasion of a foreign enemy on American soil since the British burned Washington in the War of 1812.

What is totally not OK, is to demonize a whole religion, including American muslims and to turn the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks into a xenophobic hatefest to unify the far right and build a political power base. I am appalled at the notion of burning Quarans and holding hate rallies like the protest scheduled for ground zero this afternoon.  It is dangerous and just plain wrong.

When you start demonizing people, you de- humanize them and make it ok to slaughter them or pop them into ovens and concentration camps. Scapegoating is a dangerous occupation which easily backfires. It has also been observed that what begins with the burning of books often ends with the burning of people.

Listen to what President Obama had to say in his press conference yesterday and think about it.  Come on America. Let's look back on 9/11 but not stare.

2 comments:

mommapolitico said...

A fitting tribute would be to give the 9/11 first responders the health care they so desperately need. Oh, and actually calling the Saudis on their terrorism wouldn't hurt, nor would a complete withdrawal of all our troops in the Middle East. I'd settle for the first one, if nothing else...great post. Thanks for reminding us all to be mindful today, Packrat pal!

pinkpackrat said...

So totally with you about health care for first responders-- our neglect of them is shameful. What kind of people are we anyway?