Buried deep within The New Yorker’s essay on Barack Obama (with the now-famous cover) are Obama’s own words, published on September 19th, 2001, just over a week after the 9/11 attacks, as reported in the Hyde Park Herald.
This is a liberal politician’s version of “abused spouse syndrome” if I ever read one:
We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.
We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad. We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern descent. Finally, we will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globeÃ¢â‚¬â€children not just in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and within our own shores.
Sounds like a woman with a black eye telling everybody she needs to learn how to cook better, doesn’t it?
So there ya go. 9/11 was pretty much the product of dashed hopes caused by a lack of global foresight on America’s part. To listen to Obama, there are few problems that can’t be solved by Uncle Sam curtseying to those who hate the U.S. while handing them and the rest of the world welfare checks.
Just one note — those who flew planes into the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania were not poverty stricken and helpless, and for certain neither is Osama Bin Laden. The helpless are who these animals feed upon.
For a much more accurate analysis of the nature of the enemy we face, check out my blogger friend Eric’s review of the new Batman movie at his TygrrrExpress blog. There are too many good points made to repost here, but check it out at the link above. It’s one of the best jobs of using a fictional character (the Joker) to depict reality (terrorists) that I’ve read in some time.
Related announcement: Eric will be performing at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood tonight in the “Right to Laugh” show — a night of conservative comedy. I’ll link to Eric’s set as soon as he gets it up on YouTube in the days to come.