Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I’m so looking forward to all of the chest-thumping and cheers of patriotic fervor. Not.
For those few out there who refuse to participate in the enabling of the political class in this country to commit further war crimes and gut the body politic like the carcass of a deer, read more truth from Tom Englehardt. This excerpt is taken from his essay, which appeared on TomDispatch, entitled Let’s Cancel 9/11: Bury the War State’s Blank Check at Sea:
“Let’s bag it.
“I’m talking about the tenth anniversary ceremonies for 9/11, and everything that goes with them: the solemn reading of the names of the dead, the tolling of bells, the honoring of first responders, the gathering of presidents, the dedication of the new memorial, the moments of silence. The works.
“Let’s just can it all. Shut down Ground Zero. Lock out the tourists. Close “Reflecting Absence,” the memorial built in the “footprints” of the former towers with its grove of trees, giant pools, and multiple waterfalls before it can be unveiled this Sunday. Discontinue work on the underground National September 11 Museum due to open in 2012. Tear down the Freedom Tower (redubbed 1 World Trade Center after our “freedom” wars went awry), 102 stories of “the most expensive skyscraper ever constructed in the United States.” (Estimated price tag: $3.3 billion.) Eliminate that still-being-constructed, hubris-filled 1,776 feet of building, planned in the heyday of George W. Bush and soaring into the Manhattan sky like a nyaah-nyaah invitation to future terrorists. Dismantle the other three office towers being built there as part of an $11 billion government-sponsored construction program. Let’s get rid of it all. If we had wanted a memorial to 9/11, it would have been more appropriate to leave one of the giant shards of broken tower there untouched.”
Read the entire essay at TomDispatch.