If 9/11 Can't Bring Us Together, Rightbloggers Figure, Let It Tear Us Apart
But most of them were their usual belligerent selves. Amid their howling one could make out a theme, appropriate to the era of the Burlington Coat Factory Mosque and Koran-threatening Pastor Terry Jones: That Americans were getting soft, and must man up and acknowledge that all Muslims, from Sheik Mohammed down to that guy who makes your bagel at the deli, are trying to kill them.
Many rightbloggers were annoyed that 9/11 was not, in their estimation, getting the attention that patriotism required. Rather than attribute this to fatigue from nine years of the War on Terror -- or the fact that 9/11 fell on a Saturday this year -- Ace of Spades blamed the media.
"And it doesn't help," he lamented, "that the MFM/MSM tends to sanitize things like this, to gloss it over as if it's some abstract thing that happened in ancient history: 'And we mustn't get those rednecks all flustered about these things...we must provide the filter and nuance since they don't understand the subtleties of the matter. There are two sides to this story and both are equally valid. We must provide the narrative.'" (Though that last passage appeared in quotes, Ace of Spades neglected to provide a source; we think it may have been Keith Olbermann.)
"Fuck that nonsense," he continued. "I want to be reminded every single day of what happened to us." He then provided no fewer than 18 videos of 9/11 archival footage, so that interested readers could, over hours of viewing, be inspired to Ace of Spades' level of outrage or PTSD, which he perhaps considers a precondition of patriotism. (Other rightbloggers offered gruesome photo spreads or graphics to similar effect.)
Others blamed America. No, not in the treasonous way that traitors like President Obama do it -- in a tough-love, 9/11-hurts-me-more-than-it-does-you way.
"Remember when we said we will never forget 9/11?" wrote JoAnne Thomas at Right Pundits. "Well we did and shame on us for it!" For one thing, "we sent our Military off to war and then tied their hands behind their back. We now have to fight the politically correct way or someone will get upset!"
She didn't say what she meant by this -- maybe it was a reference to Bush's famous defense of Islam? (Wow, that seems like a log time ago, huh?) -- but was insistent that, if her readers did not accept that England was now "run by Islamic extremists, not the Prime Minister or the Queen," then "you're also one of those that have already forgotten 9/11 happened," and not even 18 videos could help you remember your way back to patriotism. Other signs that we had forgotten: the election of Barack Obama, "smoking pot and lamenting global warming."
Thomas added, "On 9/11/2001 I felt terrified and helpless... Nine years later, I remain afraid." No kidding.
"By the end of 2005 it was apparent that the majority of Americans had forgotten, or just did not care" about 9/11, said Thomas Ferdousi, and the proof was the ascent of the Democrats. "Do you remember how idiotic the 10 percent of the rest of the country looked when they opposed attacking Osama?" cried Ferdousi. "Those people formed the core of the anti-Iraq War detractors and the Kerry '04 and Obama '08 campaigns. They are just as stupid now as they were while Ground Zero was still smoldering." Yet look who's President! Shame! (Say, whatever happened to that Osama guy, anyway?)
Rightbloggers bade us remember other villains of 9/11. Yid With Lid did his part, and commemorated the treacherous attacks on America and Israel by Mad Dog and Mike on WFAN. Never forget!
President Obama naturally came in for some heavy 9/11 abuse. When he called for a National Day of Service and Remembrance, Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit screamed, "WTH?... Barack Obama Marks 9-11 As National Day of Community Service & Soup Kitchens.. Outrageous!" From his astonished tone, you would think Gateway Pundit missed it when Obama did the exact same thing last year... oh, wait, Hoft did note that occasion ("Obama & Radical Left Plan to Desecrate 9-11 Into Day of Community Service") -- in fact, his 2010 complaint had a link to his 2009 complaint. People must love to throw office birthday parties for Hoft, because he's very skilled at acting surprised.
Even the President's anodyne 9/11 speech riled the blogbrethren. When he called the 9/11 hijackers a "sorry band of men," Scared Monkeys leapt to object: "UNREAL! AMERICA IS AT WAR WITH A SORRY BAND OF MEN?" We wondered at first why Scared Monkeys would contest such a disparaging characterization of depraved killers; as we read further ("Who is the sorry one?"), we had to consider the possibility that Scared Monkeys did not know that "sorry" can be a synonym for "pathetic," and assumed Obama was suggesting the hijackers were sorry in the afterlife for what they had done.