Taking in the current furor over the tiny-church-of-Koran-bonfires story, The Washington Post front page today strangely suggested "Debate may drown out quite 9/11 reflections," with "post-attack unity lost." Does anyone remember any 9/11 anniversaries after the first one that were all about "unity" and were free of partisanship?
The blog Daily Kos was lobbing bombs at "right-wing white guys" Wednesday. In her praise of the new book-length rant "American Taliban" by top Kosmonaut Markos Moutlisas, "Hippie grandmother" Jane Stillwater pleaded, "Right-Wing white guys, it's time for you to stop acting like General Custer."
You have no idea how lucky we are that this tactic of "bringing the war home" has not happened in America except only once so far. We have been just plain LUCKY so far -- that Middle Easterners, Latin Americans, Africans and Asians haven't dragged any more of Eisenhower's or Johnson's or Nixon's or Reagan's or Bush's or Obama's wars out of the streets of cities like Saigon, Mogadishu, Gaza, San Salvador, East Timor, Santiago, Shanghai, Baghdad, Tehran, Brazzaville, Port-au-Prince and Kabul and into the streets of our American cities.
We have been very lucky that, so far, we have only suffered just one 9-11 -- when you consider the many past decades of America's habitual and continual shabby treatment of "Others" all over the world.
You Right-Wingers may not care what happens to yourselves as a result of your constant agitation and hate, but please stop putting MY life in danger.
"Just one 9/11" does seem to ignore the other terrorist attacks -- World Trade Center I, the Khobar Towers, the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the USS Cole, Fort Hood, and so on -- whose death counts weren't as enormous. Conservatives are apparently itching for all of America to be incinerated by terrorist attacks with their "Aryan lynch mob mentality":
By creating all of these new categories of people to hate and categorizing over half of all Americans as belonging to "The Other," Teabaggers and other right-wingers are in reality starting to put most of the rest of us "white guys" in danger. How's that old joke go? When the Lone Ranger and Tonto are surrounded by Indians, the Lone Ranger turns to Tonto and says, "What are we going to do now!" And Tonto replies, "What do you mean 'we', White Man?"
In a demographically changing America, it doesn't make any sense at all for America's right-wing self-appointed "white men" to go around aggressively alienating their neighbors. How do you think that's gonna play out a few years down the road when "The "Other" (including browns, blacks, gays, women, Jews, Muslims, Asians, poor people, etc.), those whom the right-wing white-man demographic seems to hate so much, is firmly in the majority? Not so good.
Being a "White" person myself, I certainly don't look forward to seeing over half of my country turning against me in the next several years. Just cut it out, right-wing white guys! You simply cannot afford to go around doing the Wounded Knee thing any more. Or the Amos 'n' Andy thing. Or the Tanforan or Manzanar thing. Or the Ground Zero Mosque thing either. Who was it that said, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you"? Obviously it was no one whose example you appear to follow or respect.
Further, the right-wing's current Aryan lynch mob mentality is only effective when public opinion is on its side. And the tide of public opinion is turning -- because, ultimately, no one likes nasty. Public opinion may be turning slowly -- but it IS turning. And you guys are gonna get caught in the undertow.
Don't drag me down with you.
Not only that, but this right-wing "White is Right" lynch-mob mentality isn't just affecting us here stateside. There's a whole "Other" world out there beyond our borders that is being effected as well. And while there are only three million of "us" here in America. there are over six billion of "Them" out there Beyond the Pale. So please stop wildly waving that red flag around, guys -- because you have definitely attracted the attention of a whole stampede of rather pissed-off bulls that are starting to charge right at you (and at me too!) You think that "Ground Zero" in New York was bad? You appear to be practically pleading to turn all of America into "Ground Zero" too.
(Hat tip: Kathryn Street)