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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Genius discovers 9/11 was a crime against humanity 

Right now my blog's tagline is "to expose the raving horde of sudden political scientists generated on 9/11".

Look - there goes one now! Cinnamon Stillwell writes about her conversion in The Making Of A 9/11 Republican,

Having been indoctrinated in the postcolonialist, self-loathing school of multiculturalism ... I put aside the nagging question of why so many people all over the world risk their lives to come to the United States. Freedom of speech, religious freedom, women's rights, gay rights (yes, even without same-sex marriage), social and economic mobility, relative racial harmony and democracy itself were all taken for granted in my narrow, insulated world view.

So, what happened to change all that? In a nutshell, 9/11. The terrorist attacks on this country were not only an act of war but also a crime against humanity. It seemed glaringly obvious to me at the time, and it still does today. But the reaction of my former comrades on the left bespoke a different perspective. The day after the attacks, I dragged myself into work, still in a state of shock, and the first thing I heard was one of my co-workers bellowing triumphantly, "Bush got his war!" There was little sympathy for the victims of this horrific attack, only an irrational hatred for their own country.

As I spent months grieving the losses, others around me wrapped themselves in the comfortable shell of cynicism and acted as if nothing had changed. I soon began to recognize in them an inability to view America or its people as victims ... I, on the other hand, for the first time in my life, had come to truly appreciate my country and all that it encompassed, as well as the bravery and sacrifices of those who fight to protect it.

Translation: I realized I was an arrogant cuss. But also discovered I have the chutzpah to project my pomposity onto an imaginary group of Americans I like to pretend are even more small-minded than I! I go as far as fantasizing that this group tacitly supports the 9/11 attacks!

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