White House Whitewash: 9/11 Was No ‘Tragedy’

It’s been eight years since the terrorist attacks that killed thousands, and today the White House is remembering the “tragedy”:


Calling it a “tragedy” is a gross disservice to both the victims of 9/11 and those who have sacrificed everything in the effort to make sure a similar “tragedy” doesn’t happen again. Tsunamis are tragedies — hurricanes are tragedies — but terrorist attacks are terrorist attacks and those who perpetrate them are evil. Referring to terrorist attacks as anything else is to at least partly legitimize the terrorists and their motives and assign a certain level of blame to the victims.

The “tragedy” angle isn’t something new to the Obama administration since Homeland Security started calling terrorist attacks “man-caused disasters” either.

The source of such drivel can be found in an article published in the New Yorker last summer, and buried in that piece, an article is referenced that one Barack Obama published on September 19, 2001. Here are Obama’s words mere days after the 9/11 attacks:

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 globe—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? This is Abused Spouse Syndrome disguised as foreign policy.

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 — absolutely not a product of radical Islamic hatred of everything not radical and Islamic. 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 was Osama Bin Laden and others who planned those attacks. The helpless are who these animals feed upon, and on this day we remember them — the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. We will never forget.

Update: In a statement posted yesterday for what’s called “PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2009,” Obama breaks his own rule and uses the word “terrorism” initially, but just can’t stay on course long before straying back into “community activist” mode:

Originated by the family members of those who lost loved ones on 9/11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance is an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our Nation following the attacks, and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities.

Throughout the summer, people of all ages and backgrounds came together to lend a helping hand in their communities through United We Serve. As this summer of service draws to an end, we renew the call to engage in meaningful service activities and stay engaged with those projects throughout the year. Working together, we can usher in a new era in which volunteering and service is a way of life for all Americans. Deriving strength from tragedy, we can write the next great chapter in our Nation’s history and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the promise of America.

“Let’s Roll… to the nearest ACORN office to help out!”


Update: Here’s Sarah Palin’s 9/11 remembrance.

Author: Doug Powers

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