Saturday, September 11, 2010

Do We Love Life?






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"Americans love Life. We love Death. That is the difference between us."
- Osama bin Laden


This is the core of the matter. This is the issue. And it's something the attackers knew full well while we in America still struggle to evade and deny it. So here's my rant for today, the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks:

Do we?

Do we love life?

After the attacks, millions across the nation proclaimed that they wanted the Twin Towers rebuilt taller and stronger before. To do so would have been an act of defiance: defiance of pain and suffering and a profound statement that we intend to keep living and loving our lives. Today, Ground Zero remains a vacant lot where two mighty skyscrapers once stood. The proposed 'memorial' is imagined not as a productive edifice rising into the sky, but as a pair of useless reflecting pools underground. Toss into the mix proposed 'cultural centers' to help us understand the Islamic viewpoint, and a supposed 'Freedom Tower' (a name which has been dropped as offensive) designed by an inept postmodernist architect whose design is unworkable and which has snarled the entire site with lawsuits and government agency gridlock.

Do we love life?

After the attacks, millions shouted that they wanted the gloves to come off, that we were ready to fight a war with righteous indignation, to bring down the evil that was threatening our way of life. Today, years after our meek strike in Afghanistan which scattered Al Quaeda, Bin Laden is still at large and still presumably planning attacks. Our foray into Iraq was presented not as a strategic move against a known enemy with the goal of boxing in such terror sponsors as Iran, but as a push to "Bring Democracy" to the poor Iraqis who suffered so much under Saddam. Operation Infinite Justice morphed into Operation Iraqi Freedom as if justice for our dead was just too selfish. And did we create a freedom-loving Republic in Iraq with a constitution of secular virtues and individual rights? No- we created a new Islamic Republic and Iranian satellite. Meanwhile, Iran grows stronger, we're vulnerable, our borders are still open, and our President is persecuting the CIA.

Do we love life?

The World Trade Center was an edifice of CAPITALISM. Within its walls, men and women went to work pursuing their dreams- creating more efficient ways to allocate capital and goods from less-productive sectors to more productive sectors of the economy (the OPPOSITE of welfare redistribution). They were killed for showing up to work, for sitting down at desks, using their minds, and selfishly, joyously making life better for themselves and their families. That's why they were murdered. That's why Bin Laden and the rest of them hate us -- why they attacked in 1993 and again in 2001. I say this proudly: the World Trade Center was an arrogant, selfish, glorious symbol of strength, pride and productivity. Eight years later, Obama proclaimed 9-11 to be a day on which we should rededicate ourselves- not to dreams of greater prosperity- but to the following:

"On this day, and every day, it is incumbent on each of us to uphold those ideals that our enemies were - and are - so eager to destroy: To serve others and give back to our communities."

Of course, because self-sacrifice is SO alien to Islamic suicide squads, isn't it?

Do we love life?

Do we still want to achieve, to build, to reach for grandeur? Or is our national character to become one of "selflessness" where every spine is bent and head bowed to whatever is weak, suffering and "needy"? Are we to allow men and women to live, or are we going to regulate, tax and "nudge" them into a socialist straightjacket? Are we a rational, independent, secular, forward thinking, ambitious, proud nation -- or an emotionalist, consensus-seeking, Marxist/religious, backwards, meek welfare state of appeasers, bleeding hearts and crooks? Osama bin Laden called many times for a religious altruist socialist remake of the world. Between our Republicans and Democrats he may get his wish.

No wonder we haven't been attacked again. We've stopped being a threat and we're now doing by choice what the terrorists inflicted on us by force: we're sacrificing our proud stance, bending our foreheads to the ground, and apologizing for our existence to every scummy dictator on earth.

So, one last time: Do we love life?

Do we?

I just don't know anymore.


-Richard Gleaves

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