I wonder if Paul Krugman is beginning to question the official 9/11 line. On his blog yesterday, he seems to be holding his finger up to to an atmospheric disturbance in the global room and yet not yet able to notice that it’s an elephant creating it. I wonder, will this disturbance infect the internal culture of the New York Times?
In skimming comments to another article I saw somewhere, I noticed that the 9/11 anniversary is referred to in some quarters as “Fascist Christmas.” Bingo.
And finally, BTW: For yet another investigative lead that the 9/11 commission was prevented from knowing about, see yesterday’s Herald Tribune article: Former Florida Senator and 9/11 Congressional Commission Chairman Bob Graham “called on President Obama to conduct a full accounting of the ‘Saudi involvement’ in supporting 9/11 hijackers and an explanation of why the U.S. government withheld information on the Sarasota family and others with ties to the hijackers from Congressional investigators.” Thanks, Pamela for the link to this story.
Paul Krugman blogs today:
September 11, 2011
Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?
Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.