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Friday, September 28, 2007
 
Fisking Katie

Katie Couric's recent comments at the National Press Club deserve some attention. Let's take the perky one's best bits, one at a time:

"Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale for this war."


How many ways is this annoying? First of all, it is arrogant. It assumes that, of course, everyone agrees with you -- when in fact everyone doesn't. Second, the fact that she could say it with confidence in the National Press Club, tells you how narrow and insulated the media in America is. Third, it is flat out wrong. Bush laid out the rationale very clearly on a number of occasions. It is hard to remember now, but Bush was focusing on WMD because that was the one reason that pretty much EVERYBODY agreed upon. Everyone agreed that the Iraqis had a WMD program, including the previous Democratic administration. But beyond that, Bush also raised the strategic importance of Iraq, and the need for a new and more democratic middle-east to replace the old, broken and despotic one.

"I've never understood why [invading Iraq] was so high on the administration's agenda when terrorism was going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan - and that [Iraq] had no true connection with al Qaeda," she said.


Does she really not understand why Iraq was a better place to send troops than Pakistan? Or is she just reading off Democrat talking points? Does she not understand that we are not fighting just Al Queda, but islamic terrorism generally? Does she not understand that Saadam was paying suicide bomber families bounties for blowing up innocent Israelis? Does she not understand that Saadam's regime was providing safe haven for terrorists? From what I understand, the Czech intelligence services stand by their contention that Atta met with Iraqi agents in Prague (the 9/11 commission concluded that since his cell phone was used in Florida during that period, it couldn't have been him. Pretty sound logic as it is impossible to believe that another terrorist would use his cell phone while he was out of the country). Finally, who exactly are we fighting over there right now? Oh, yeah. Al Queda in Iraq.

"The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying 'we' when referring to the United States and, even the 'shock and awe' of the initial stages, it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable."


You don't like saying "we" when referring to the United States? The culture of wearing flags on our lapel makes you uncomfortable? What kind of American are you? The kind that likes to distance themselves from the country? The kind that thinks a small indicator that you love your country (like wearing the flag) is a bad thing?

Couric, 50, also accused the Bush Administration of "disbanding the Iraq military, and leaving 100,000 Sunni men feeling marginalized and angry" - and said she'd "feel totally comfortable saying any of that at some point, if required, on television."


Nice 20/20 hindsight. I agree with Bremer -- disbanding the Iraqi army was the only sensible thing to do. To do otherwise, would be like handing Germany over to the SS. The Iraqi army -- all those poor marginalized Sunni men -- raped and plundered and tyrannized over the Iraqi people for 30 years. What Bush realized is that, beyond its immorality, the "realist" foreign policy that left millions of Arabs living under tyrannical regimes has not made us safer. It has made us far less safe. Continuation of a tyrannical, backward-looking Middle East is a virtual guarantee that some American City will be reduced to ashes in our lifetime.

Bush made the difficult decision to change the Middle East in a big way. It is a very difficult project and one that may fail. What makes it more difficult is that he has had to do it despite a political party and a media class that actively works to ensure that "we" lose this war.

I believe that the American Military will win this war anyway. Despite the Katie Courics.

Update: TIBS, you've met Katie Couric in person. What say you?


 
The New and Improved Pledge of Allegiance!

Apparently, some people in Boulder, CO. have come up with their own pledge (hat tip: Malkin).

Here it is:

I pledge allegiance to the flag and my constitutional rights with which it comes. And to the diversity, in which our nation stands, one nation, part of one planet, with liberty, freedom, choice and justice for all.

The best part is, they are doing it in school. Heck, I was disturbed when my sister told me that her school in Rochester, NY didn't recite the real pledge. Imagine this!

Thought experiment: imagine that Skip's kids came home reciting this new pledge. What would be the impact on Skip's hairline? Blood pressure?


 
Next Stop: Tehran

If you haven't seen this piece on the Israeli strike into Syria, it is worth a look.

Key quote:

Syria has gone on a profligate buying spree, spending vast sums on Russian systems, 'considered the cutting edge in aircraft interception technology.' Syria now 'possesses the most crowded antiaircraft system in the world,' with 'more than 200 antiaircraft batteries of different types,' some of which are so new that they have been installed in Syria 'before being introduced into Russian operation service.' While you're digesting that, take a look at the map of Syria: Notice how far away Dayr az-Zawr is from Israel. An F15/16 attack there is not a tiptoe across the border, but a deep, deep penetration of Syrian airspace. And guess what happened with the Russian super-hyper-sophisticated cutting edge antiaircraft missile batteries when that penetration took place on September 6th. Nothing.

El blanko. Silence. The systems didn't even light up, gave no indication whatever of any detection of enemy aircraft invading Syrian airspace, zip, zero, nada. The Israelis (with a little techie assistance from us) blinded the Russkie antiaircraft systems so completely the Syrians didn't even know they were blinded. Now you see why the Syrians have been scared speechless. They thought they were protected - at enormous expense - only to discover they are defenseless. As in naked. Thus the Great Iranian Freak-Out - for this means Iran is just as nakedly defenseless as Syria.


The fact that our enemies in Syria and Iran are freaking out makes me feel better, how 'bout you?


Thursday, September 27, 2007
 
Dem Debate

Anyone watch the Democratic debate last night? (You're all saying, 'No, why would we?'.) I listened in a bit as I was trying to configure a wireless router, and there was nothing else on TV at that time. Well, Hillary was canned but controlled; Obama was lame; Edwards did OK. Russert pushed, but with all those people on stage, it was a free-for-all.

Of note, the debate was in New Hampshire, which Russert stated is a very Red Sox town. When asked about which team they like (Red Sox or Yankees), Hillary said she was a long-time Yankees fan. I love it that she couldn't claim the Red Sox since she painted herself into a corner years ago. It probably didn't matter.

I'm looking for Huckabee to start running away with the GOP momentum, and ultimately the nomination.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007
 
Stuff

1. Hillary - I watched her a little this past weekend on Russert. Her answers seemed well rehersed and canned. That being said, we'll hear more about her health care plan (round 2) going forward. I really like the part where if you make a good salary and opt out of the government plan to get your own, you have to pay a penalty. Just by doing this, she's admitting her plan is subpar to what you can get on your own.

2. French President Nicolas Sarkozy - have you guys been reading about him? Wow - he has a backbone. Thought I would never see the day....

3. TIBS - going to have another Halloween gig?

4. Bush - I believe he needs to get out in front of the cameras more to smack down the Dems. By discussing Patreaus's report and reminding the liberals that the Dems have done nothing, it may hurt the Dems more than staying in the shadows.

5. JPC - Again, why isn't ethanol the answer?


Sunday, September 09, 2007
 
Bin Laden Speech

A classic from the Family Guy:



As long as we are on the subject of the Family Guy, this is just about the funniest thing I have ever seen in my life. Seriously, I nearly had to call a paramedic. Stick with it.



Saturday, September 08, 2007
 
My 2007 Interview with Bin Laden

It has been three years, but I finally scored my second bin Laden interview. Transcript appears below. Again, all Bin Laden's words are verbatim, with exception of his "two thumbs up!" praise for Superbad.

TJ: Welcome back to the program, Osama. Thanks for joining us today.

OBL: All praise is due to Allah, who built the heavens and earth in justice, and created man as a favor and grace from Him. And from His ways is that the days rotate between the people, and from His Law is retaliation in kind: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and the killer is killed. And all praise is due to Allah, who awakened His slaves' desire for the Garden, and all of them will enter it except those who refuse. And whoever obeys Him alone in all of his affairs will enter the Garden, and whoever disobeys Him will have refused.

TJ: Yeah, like I said: thanks for coming on the program. So, it has been six years since September 11th and people are wondering: what's next for Osama bin Laden? The next issue of People magazine hints that you are next in line to replace Larry King -- is that true?

OBL: As for what comes after: Peace be upon he who follows the Guidance. People of America: I shall be speaking to you on important topics which concern you, so lend me your ears.

TJ: So it will be more of a public affairs show, then?

OBL: I begin by discussing the war which is between us and some of its repercussions for us and you.

TJ: I can't wait to see you go up against Charlie Rose head-to-head on weekday evenings. That will be interesting, for sure.

OBL: To preface, I say: despite America being the greatest economic power and possessing the most powerful and up-to-date military arsenal as well; and despite it spending on this war and is army more than the entire world spends on its armies; and despite it being the being the major state influencing the policies of the world, as if it has a monopoly on the unjust right of veto...

TJ: That's all well and good, but will your show cover really important topics, like the fact that Larry Craig calls his private parts his "compass" and now claims he was merely seeking the "north star" in public bathrooms?

OBL: 19 young men were able - by the grace of Allah, the Most High- to change the direction of its compass.

TJ: 19 young men! That's a breaking story if I ever heard one. If you can get even 2 or three to come forward, you will probably earn higher ratings than Jay Leno.

OBL: in fact, the subject of the Mujahideen has become an inseparable part of the speech of your leader, and the effects and signs of that are not hidden. Since the 11th, many of America's policies have come under the influence of the Mujahideen, and...

TJ: I don't mean to cut you off, but the new look is fantastic. Like I said, very sexy.

OBL: that is by the grace of Allah, the Most High.

TJ: The only problem is the beard, Obie. I love the color, but it doesn't sit correctly on your face.

OBL: And as a result, the people discovered the truth about it, its reputation worsened, its prestige was broken globally and...

TJ: I won't go on and on about it, but it certainly looks like you are ready to start working again. How tough did things get after 9/11 for you, in terms of your career?

OBL: it was bled dry economically, even if our interests overlap with the interests of the major corporations and also with those of the neoconservatives, despite the differing intentions."

TJ: If you and the neocons have a lot of overlapping interests, why all the bad feelings? Do you blame the media for the split between you and Don Rumsfeld?

OBL: And for your information media, during the first years of the war, lost its credibility and manifested itself as a tool of the colonialist empires, and its condition has often been worse than the condition of the media of the dictatorial regimes which march in the caravan of the single leader."

"Then Bush talks about his working with al-Maliki and his government to spread freedom in Iraq but he in fact is working with the leaders of one sect against another sect, in the belief that this will quickly decide the war in his favor."

"And thus, what is called the civil war came into being and matters worsened at his hands before getting out of his control and him becoming like the one who plows and sows the sea: he harvests nothing but failure."

TJ: I think that would look great on a Starbucks' cup. Can I use it?

OBL: "So these are some of the results of the freedom about whose spreading he is talking to you. And then the backtracking of Bush on his insistence on not giving the United Nations expanded jurisdiction in Iraq is an implicit admission of his loss and defeat there. "

"And among the most important items contained in Bush’s speeches since the events of the 11th is that the Americans have no option but to continue the war.

TJ: Ok, I'm going to do an impression: "I love Lamp."

OBL: This tone is in fact an echoing of the words of neoconservatives like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Richard Pearle, the latter having said previously that the Americans have no choice in front of them other than to continue the war or face a holocaust."

TJ: Actually, I was impersonating Steve Carrell in that scene from Anchorman. But I guess he sounds a little like Pearle.

OBL: I say, refuting this unjust statement..

TJ: Seriously, that was Carrell. See how I'm talking all stiff like he did in the movie. Ok, I have another one. "That is the sound of a thousand terrible things headed this way."

Give up? It was Liam Neeson, from Phantom menace. C'mon You know who he is...the guy from Schindler's list.


OBL: The morality and culture of the holocaust is your culture, not our culture. In fact, burning living beings is forbidden in our religion, even if they be small like the ant, so what of man?! The holocaust of the Jews was carried out by your brethren in the middle of Europe, but had it been closer to our countries, most of the Jews would have been saved by taking refuge with us. And my proof for that is in what your brothers, the Spanish, did when they set up the horrible courts of the Inquisition to try Muslims and Jews, when the Jews only found safe shelter by taking refuge in our countries. And that is why the Jewish community in Morocco today is one of the largest communities in the world. They are alive with us and we have not incinerated them, but we are a people who don't sleep under oppression and reject humiliation and disgrace, and we take revenge on the people of tyranny and aggression, and the blood of the Muslims will not be spilled with impunity, and the morrow is nigh for he who awaits."

"Also, your Christian brothers have been living among us for 14 centuries: in Egypt alone, there are millions of Christians whom we have not incinerated and shall not incinerate. But the fact is, there is a continuing and biased campaign being waged against us for a long time now by your politicians and many of your writers by way of your media, especially Hollywood, for the purpose of misrepresenting Islam and its adherents to drive you away from the true religion. The genocide of peoples and their holocausts took place at your hands: only a few specimens of Red Indians were spared, and just a few days ago, the Japanese observed the 62nd anniversary of the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by your nuclear weapons."

TJ: Still a fan of the history channel, I see. Let's take a break here and finish up after the break. [Friendly chatter as camera pulls away].


 
My 2007 Interview with Bin Laden

It has been three years, but I finally scored my second bin Laden interview. Transcript appears below. Again, all Bin Laden's words are verbatim, with exception of his "two thumbs up!" praise for Superbad.

TJ: Welcome back to the program, Osama. Thanks for joining us today.

OBL: All praise is due to Allah, who built the heavens and earth in justice, and created man as a favor and grace from Him. And from His ways is that the days rotate between the people, and from His Law is retaliation in kind: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and the killer is killed. And all praise is due to Allah, who awakened His slaves' desire for the Garden, and all of them will enter it except those who refuse. And whoever obeys Him alone in all of his affairs will enter the Garden, and whoever disobeys Him will have refused.

TJ: Yeah, like I said: thanks for coming on the program. So, it has been six years since September 11th and people are wondering: what's next for Osama bin Laden? The next issue of People magazine hints that you are next in line to replace Larry King -- is that true?

OBL: As for what comes after: Peace be upon he who follows the Guidance. People of America: I shall be speaking to you on important topics which concern you, so lend me your ears.

TJ: So it will be more of a public affairs show, then?

OBL: I begin by discussing the war which is between us and some of its repercussions for us and you.

TJ: I can't wait to see you go up against Charlie Rose head-to-head on weekday evenings. That will be interesting, for sure.

OBL: To preface, I say: despite America being the greatest economic power and possessing the most powerful and up-to-date military arsenal as well; and despite it spending on this war and is army more than the entire world spends on its armies; and despite it being the being the major state influencing the policies of the world, as if it has a monopoly on the unjust right of veto...

TJ: That's all well and good, but will your show cover really important topics, like the fact that Larry Craig calls his private parts his "compass" and now claims he was merely seeking the "north star" in public bathrooms?

OBL: 19 young men were able - by the grace of Allah, the Most High- to change the direction of its compass.

TJ: 19 young men! That's a breaking story if I ever heard one. If you can get even 2 or three to come forward, you will probably earn higher ratings than Jay Leno.

OBL: in fact, the subject of the Mujahideen has become an inseparable part of the speech of your leader, and the effects and signs of that are not hidden. Since the 11th, many of America's policies have come under the influence of the Mujahideen, and...

TJ: I don't mean to cut you off, but the new look is fantastic. Like I said, very sexy.

OBL: that is by the grace of Allah, the Most High.

TJ: The only problem is the beard, Obie. I love the color, but it doesn't sit correctly on your face.

OBL: And as a result, the people discovered the truth about it, its reputation worsened, its prestige was broken globally and...

TJ: I won't go on and on about it, but it certainly looks like you are ready to start working again. How tough did things get after 9/11 for you, in terms of your career?

OBL: it was bled dry economically, even if our interests overlap with the interests of the major corporations and also with those of the neoconservatives, despite the differing intentions."

TJ: If you and the neocons have a lot of overlapping interests, why all the bad feelings? Do you blame the media for the split between you and Don Rumsfeld?

OBL: And for your information media, during the first years of the war, lost its credibility and manifested itself as a tool of the colonialist empires, and its condition has often been worse than the condition of the media of the dictatorial regimes which march in the caravan of the single leader."

"Then Bush talks about his working with al-Maliki and his government to spread freedom in Iraq but he in fact is working with the leaders of one sect against another sect, in the belief that this will quickly decide the war in his favor."

"And thus, what is called the civil war came into being and matters worsened at his hands before getting out of his control and him becoming like the one who plows and sows the sea: he harvests nothing but failure."

TJ: I think that would look great on a Starbucks' cup. Can I use it?

OBL: "So these are some of the results of the freedom about whose spreading he is talking to you. And then the backtracking of Bush on his insistence on not giving the United Nations expanded jurisdiction in Iraq is an implicit admission of his loss and defeat there. "

"And among the most important items contained in Bush’s speeches since the events of the 11th is that the Americans have no option but to continue the war.

TJ: Ok, I'm going to do an impression: "I love Lamp."

OBL: This tone is in fact an echoing of the words of neoconservatives like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Richard Pearle, the latter having said previously that the Americans have no choice in front of them other than to continue the war or face a holocaust."

TJ: Actually, I was impersonating Steve Carrell in that scene from Anchorman. But I guess he sounds a little like Pearle.

OBL: I say, refuting this unjust statement..

TJ: Seriously, that was Carrell. See how I'm talking all stiff like he did in the movie. Ok, I have another one. "That is the sound of a thousand terrible things headed this way."

Give up? It was Liam Neeson, from Phantom menace. C'mon You know who he is...the guy from Schindler's list.


OBL: The morality and culture of the holocaust is your culture, not our culture. In fact, burning living beings is forbidden in our religion, even if they be small like the ant, so what of man?! The holocaust of the Jews was carried out by your brethren in the middle of Europe, but had it been closer to our countries, most of the Jews would have been saved by taking refuge with us. And my proof for that is in what your brothers, the Spanish, did when they set up the horrible courts of the Inquisition to try Muslims and Jews, when the Jews only found safe shelter by taking refuge in our countries. And that is why the Jewish community in Morocco today is one of the largest communities in the world. They are alive with us and we have not incinerated them, but we are a people who don't sleep under oppression and reject humiliation and disgrace, and we take revenge on the people of tyranny and aggression, and the blood of the Muslims will not be spilled with impunity, and the morrow is nigh for he who awaits."

"Also, your Christian brothers have been living among us for 14 centuries: in Egypt alone, there are millions of Christians whom we have not incinerated and shall not incinerate. But the fact is, there is a continuing and biased campaign being waged against us for a long time now by your politicians and many of your writers by way of your media, especially Hollywood, for the purpose of misrepresenting Islam and its adherents to drive you away from the true religion. The genocide of peoples and their holocausts took place at your hands: only a few specimens of Red Indians were spared, and just a few days ago, the Japanese observed the 62nd anniversary of the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by your nuclear weapons."

TJ: Still a fan of the history channel, I see. Let's take a break here and finish up after the break. [Friendly chatter as camera pulls away].


Friday, September 07, 2007
 
BIN LADEN AND ME

No transcript yet on Bin Laden's latest. But I did interview Bin Laden back in 2004 when he came to upstate New York to campaign for local Democrats. Here's the transcript from that interview. Please note, that I have not altered Bin laden's words in any way... well, except the part where he suggests that Michael Cera make a coming of age movie and refers to himself as "McLovin." I'm just paraphrasing there.

OBL: You, the American people, I talk to you today about the best way to avoid another catastrophe and about war, its reasons and its consequences. And in that regard, I say to you that security is an important pillar of human life, and that free people do not compromise their security.

TJ: Wait, that sounds familiar. Are you quoting Benjamin Franklin? Do you have the History Channel?

OBL: Contrary to what [President George W.] Bush says and claims -- that we hate freedom --let him tell us then, "Why did we not attack Sweden?"

TJ: I ask that question all the time. I've always enjoyed the Swedish Bikini Team, and that's reason enough for me.

OBL: It is known that those who hate freedom don't have souls with integrity, like the souls of those 19. May the mercy of God be upon them.

TJ: C'mon, Obie. Surely you know that the WTC was brought down by the CIA and the Israeli intelligence services. [Ed. He should turn off the History Channel and check out The View.

OBL: We fought with you because we are free, and we don't put up with transgressions. We want to reclaim our nation. As you spoil our security, we will do so to you.

TJ: I'm not sure what to say.

OBL: I wonder about you.

TJ: Stop, it you make me blush! Ok, sometimes I think about you too.

OBL: Although we are ushering the fourth year after 9/11, Bush is still exercising confusion and misleading you and not telling you the true reason. Therefore, the motivations are still there for what happened to be repeated.

TJ: Sure, we can go over that again and again, but don't you think that letting your beard go gray is hurting you with the ladies. Seriously, I think you should consider Just for Men, or perhaps, even a fake beard like the one that Woody Allen wore in Bananas. I think those are sexy.

OBL: I will talk to you about the reason for those events, and I will be honest with you about the moments the decision was made so that you can ponder.

TJ: Good, because you would look really good with a darker beard. It would really bring out your eyes.

OBL: And I tell you, God only knows, that we never had the intentions to destroy the towers. But after the injustice was so much and we saw transgressions and the coalition between Americans and the Israelis against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it occurred to my mind that we deal with the towers. And these special events that directly and personally affected me go back to 1982 and what happened when America gave permission for Israel to invade Lebanon. And assistance was given by the American sixth fleet.

During those crucial moments, my mind was thinking about many things that are hard to describe. But they produced a feeling to refuse and reject injustice, and I had determination to punish the transgressors.

TJ: By "transgressors" you mean secretaries, bond traders and the wait staff at Windows of the World, right?

OBL: And as I was looking at those towers that were destroyed in Lebanon, it occurred to me that we have to punish the transgressor with the same -- and that we had to destroy the towers in America so that they taste what we tasted, and they stop killing our women and children.

We found no difficulties in dealing with the Bush administration, because of the similarities of that administration and the regimes in our countries, half of which are run by the military and half of which are run by monarchs. And our experience is vast with them.

And those two kinds are full of arrogance and taking money illegally.

TJ: I totally agree. That's why I'm so glad that Bush signed McCain Feingold style campaign finance reform. Finally, we are really going to clean up the system!

OBL: The resemblance started when [former President George H.W.] Bush, the father, visited the area, when some of our own were impressed by America and were hoping that the visits would affect and influence our countries.

Then, what happened was that he was impressed by the monarchies and the military regimes, and he was jealous of them staying in power for tens of years, embezzling the public money without any accountability. And he moved the tyranny and suppression of freedom to his own country, and they called it the Patriot Act, under the disguise of fighting terrorism. And Bush, the father, found it good to install his children as governors and leaders.

TJ: You know, I think you would really enjoy reading Molly Ivins. Send me your address, and I'll fedex you a copy.

OBL: We agreed with the leader of the group, Mohammed Atta, to perform all attacks within 20 minutes before [President George W.] Bush and his administration were aware of what was going on. And we never knew that the commander-in-chief of the American armed forces would leave 50,000 of his people in the two towers to face those events by themselves when they were in the most urgent need of their leader.

TJ: Are you suggesting that Bush and his administration was "unaware" of the attacks? [Ed. Note: Keep in mind this is 2004. Bin Laden doesn't realize Bush's role in the attacks. In that regard, he is not as smart as nearly half of rank and file Democrats otherwise].

OBL: He was more interested in listening to the child's story about the goat rather than worry about what was happening to the towers. So, we had three times the time necessary to accomplish the events.

TJ: Yeah, I loved that part of Fahrenheit 9/11 too! If only Moore had the guts to take on the health care system, we'd finally get the sort of Cuban-style health care system that is the envy of all the world.

OBL: Your security is not in the hands of [Democratic presidential nominee John] Kerry...

TJ: From your lips to God's ears!

OBL: ...or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Any nation that does not attack us will not be attacked.

TJ: That goes double for film-makers right? I don't want to miss out on any future Michael Moore movies if your crew gets all Theo Van Gogh with him.

OBL: To truly honor the prophet, what we really need is a really-good coming of age movie. I've written a short screenplay which I think is really good. I've even written a great part for Michael Cera, who is not even famous yet for some reason.

TJ: Don't you think you should be keeping a low profile? Perhaps you should use a pen name?

OBL: How about "McLovin?"

END TRANSCRIPT


Sunday, September 02, 2007
 
NY Times Finds Something Our Grief Was Good For

In case you missed it, the New York Times ran this story recently discussing doubts that many people have about whether or not we should still be thinking about 9/11.

My favorite quote:

“I may sound callous, but doesn’t grieving have a shelf life?” said Charlene Correia, 57, a nursing supervisor from Acushnet, Mass. “We’re very sorry and mournful that people died, but there are living people. Let’s wind it down.”


No, Charlene, that doesn't sound callous at all. Don't bother looking up from the television for a few minutes once a year to think about the 3,000+ of your fellow citizens who were incinerated or crushed on live television by fanatical terrorists.

The Times continues, musing on how we might remember September 11th one hundred years from now. The money quote here comes from, of course, academia:

“It’s conceivable that it could be virtually forgotten,” said Dr. Bodnar, the history professor. “Does anyone go out on the streets of New York and commemorate the firing on Fort Sumter?”

Is this really a good example? We may not commemorate the battle on Fort Sumter, which cost a grand total of 1 life (and an accidental death at that), but we certainly do commemorate the Civil War that followed.

Seriously, you can take a walk through Gettysburg on any given weekend and see just a few of the many thousands of Americans who are drawn there every year. Why do people take their children to Little Roundtop? Why do they walk the open fields where Pickett's brigade was decimated?

The answer is obvious: we visit places like Gettysburg because it is important to remember. All these years later, there are certain lessons we can't afford to forget.

Not surprisingly, just days before the NY Times openly wondered whether all this September 11th rememberance was too much, the Times editors were out defending the "incommensurate...global throb of grief" associated with the death of Princess Diana . "Incommensurate" and "Global throb of grief" is their words, and still, their editors conclude this about our grief for Princess Di:

Perhaps the answer is no more complicated than this: the world is filled with so much to grieve over that grief itself seems incommensurate and indulgent. It is no slight to that young woman to say that in her death we recognized something our grief was good for.


Got that? The state of the world is so bad that we feel indulgent mourning over the death of a person whose principal achievement in life was to marry and divorce well and fill lots of copy for People magazine that was probably of keen interest to the Charlene Correia's of the world.

For the editors at the Times, Diana was worth grieving. The 3000+ Americans who died on September 11th. Not so much.