Most of the September 11 articles I've seen this week are negative or simply wistful. "Are the Lessons of 9/11 Lost On Us Today?" asks ZeroHedge. Time Magazine doubts that another 9/11 would unite us in "Why This is the Hardest 9/11 Anniversary of Them All."
Much of mainstream media has sought to obscure or trivialize the anniversary: CNN pushed headlines to the lower half of their front page, milquetoast articles remembering the fallen. MSNBC placed a sole story on pulmonary fibrosis to the very bottom of their first page. The New York Times focused on 9/11-related PTSD and "an annual ritual of mourning."
Fox News was alone in what used to be the mainstream media role, dutifully reporting President Trump's speech as the leadoff story. Other outlets covered perennial stories of survivors, their various diseases and financial hardships.
Leftist publications whined about "Islamophobia," which is salt in the wound of any patriot. To Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib: you're constitutionally protected to belittle this day, but you aren't making any new friends.
Breitbart, and many conservatives on Twitter, called the cynical Times to the mat for the following Tweet, which fails to mention Islamists, or even terrorism:
For those who survived or lost loved ones, the pain is permanent. To every other decent soul, the day still hurts eighteen years later and not only on its black anniversary. Less like a memory and more like a pounding ache: the thud of falling bodies, surreal freefall of iconic structures, news of another jet (but no discernible video) striking the Pentagon, a plane falling from the Pennsylvania sky...the helplessness, the anger, the fear that attacks might continue. For days, no one flew. Rumors, accusations, a brief period of American unity.
Then, the weird prescription of war...with Iraq? The creeping sense that something was very rotten in Washington grew with sickening alacrity.
Long-form think pieces in newsmagazines and newspaper editorials asked deep questions that now seem naive: Why Do They Hate Us? What Is Islamic Extremism?
Fast forward: Guantanamo Bay, waterboarding, new and unending war on multiple Middle Eastern fronts, the weirdly meteoric ascendancy of a young Illinois senator to the presidency (and little to none of the transparency, hope, or change he promised), the Great Recession. Wars in the background like the soporific drone of a TV late at night. Wars fought by 0.5% of Americans, about the same number of us who work at WalMart.
And no progress had been made against the terrorist who allegedly planned the attacks. A palpable disconnect between Americans and our leaders that lasted 15 years.
Osama bin Laden was eventually killed in 2011, though his body was allegedly buried at sea. Stratfor emails hacked by the online activist group Anonymous and given to WikiLeaks suggest otherwise. Then, for no readily apparent reason, millions of un-vetted Middle Eastern and Sub-Saharan Africans suddenly needed new homes. Flooding into Europe, the U.S., and Canada, almost all of them shared a common trait: they were Muslims.
In a fourteen year span, we went from hunting terrorists to hosting them.
One of Obama's parting gifts to Islam was the Iran Deal, a pathway to becoming a nuclear state for the orthodox Shia-controlled country, topped with a rather large cherry, literal pallets of cash--$1.7 billion in total--to a regime where "Death to America" is as common an utterance as "Honey, have you seen my Kalashnikov?"
Obama told us not to worry:
Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this,” he said, referring to the apparently almost-finished nuclear agreement between Iran and a group of world powers led by the United States. “I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our profound national-security interests, I have a personal interest in locking this down.
As David French opined in the National Review,
The Iran deal was a deceptive dereliction of duty from the outset, resting on a fundamentally flawed understanding of Iran, the Middle East, and the world. The world’s greatest power confronted a third-tier nation with a fourth-tier military, and practically begged to avoid conflict.
To wit: America never addressed terrorism in a meaningful way until Trump. Obama was impotent at best, an Islamist apologist--or operative--at worst.
As Raheem Kassam pointed out today, the New York Times is worried not about its New-Pearl-Harbor hometown legacy, but the commemorative twin towers of light that shine from downtown on the somber anniversary might cause problems for migratory birds. Corporate media knows no shame. The once-great Times is an ouroboros, a snake sustaining itself by eating its own ass-end.
Like everything else, 9/11 has become a political barometer. What is less appreciated is that its aftermath shaped the political climate of today, and believe it or not, there is some good in that fact. 9/11 helped some of us learn to recognize deception on a mass scale.
As writer Whitney Webb wrote today, it is increasingly less taboo to question the results of the initial investigation the more it is researched and subsequently debunked. Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth announced a partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) a week ago, unveiling an extensive study of 7WTC, the third building to be destroyed on 9/11, despite not being hit by an aircraft.
7WTC has always been the hardest question to answer for mainstream locksteppers. The idea that all four columns would collapse simultaneously due to "residual fires" from towers 1 and 2 is preposterous. The world, watching in shock, chose not to ask why, and corporate media kept mum. The 9/11 commission was a mushroom, kept in the dark and fed manure by the FBI and DOJ.
And who told lies of omission about 9/11 to the commission and the world at large? As the Gateway Pundit and Justice Watch recently reported, none other than then FBI top cop Robert Mueller. It's dizzying, you can see why some people choose to get off the ride.
Thankfully, of all these revelations, Webb writes,
The only reason it remains taboo to ask questions about the official narrative, whose own authors admit that it is both flawed and incomplete, is that the dominant forces in the American media and the U.S. government have successfully convinced many Americans that doing so is not only dangerous but irrational and un-American.
However, as evidence continues to mount that the official narrative itself is the irrational narrative, it becomes ever more clear that the reason for this media campaign is to prevent legitimate questions about that day from receiving the scrutiny they deserve, even smearing victims’ families and ailing first responders to do so. For too long, “Never Forget” has been nearly synonymous with “Never Question.”
So. What is the good that came from the ashes of the worst terrorist attack on American soil? Americans are less naive, and more vigilant. We may have lost our innocence regarding the Middle East, but we are better prepared to root out evil in our midst, and won't be deceived by nonsensical narratives and unrelated interventionism, ill-conceived adventures further risking American lives.
The time is finally ripe, nearly twenty years later, to rip off the rest of the festering bandage of that painful day and and allow the nation to heal. In time, we will be stronger for it. We are ready.
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