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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Marking devastation with celebration

This is an interesting and particularly disturbing idea if you ask me.

The Pentagon would hold a massive march and country music concert to mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an announcement tucked into an Iraq war briefing today.
"This year the Department of Defence will initiate an America Supports Your Freedom Walk," Rumsfeld said, adding that the march would remind people of "the sacrifices of this generation and of each previous generation".
The march will start at the Pentagon, where nearly 200 people died on September 11, 2001, and end at the National Mall with a show by country star Clint Black.

The discussion of linking 9/11 with support for the current war is a discussion well over three years old. I'm not going to get into it--we all know where we stand and where our opponents stand and I think not many people are changing sides anytime soon.

More importantly, when did it become fashion to mark anniversaries of tragic events with concerts and freedom marches? What happened to good ole 'moments of silence', solemn vigils, dedication of memorials....the list could go on and on and I feel that NO WHERE on it would be a 'freedom march' and a f*&king country music concert. Think Pearl Harbor, think Oklahoma City.

I'm putting out the call now. Conservative bloggers--you know who you are--you were all outraged over the 'hijacking of Ground Zero' (as was I) for the freedom memorial. We all said "if it isn't about the victims of 9/11, what else could it be about?". We screamed "it doesn't belong here" and that people were using 9/11 to further their own political agendas and called them the 'blame America first' crowd.

September 11th was a tragic day--perhaps one of the most tragic in our history. At no time in the future, certainly not a mere 4 years since that day, is a f&%king concert and freedom march an acceptable marking of that anniversary.


Blogger Dave Justus said...

September 4, 2002 - President and Mrs. Bush will attend NBC's "Concert for America" special, airing Wednesday, September 11 (9 p.m. PT and immediately following the Presidential address -- scheduled for 9 p.m. -- in all other time zones). The special production from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. will feature appearances by Kelsey Grammer, James Earl Jones, Rudolph Giuliani, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy, along with musical performances by Chris Isaak, Denyce Graves and India.Arie. Tom Brokaw hosts the event, which is part of "America Remembers," NBC's extensive two-day coverage beginning September 10 of the one-year anniversary of last year's tragic events. Mrs. Bush is Honorary Chairman of the "Concert for America."

Was that concert inappropriate too?

11:18 AM  
Blogger Katinula said...

Personally, yes. But I wasn't blogging in 2002 to comment.

1:41 PM  

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