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9/11
Monday, 2006 September 11 - 8:36 am
It's the fifth anniversary of 9/11. In case you forgot.

It seemed like last year, 9/11 passed without a lot of hype. Some quiet remembrance and a few mentions on the news, but that was it.

This year? A deluge of speeches from Dubya. A miniseries on ABC, a special on CBS, and documentaries on various cable channels. And just when you think you'd had enough of the phrase "war on terra" from the 2004 elections, here it is all over again.

I don't have much more to say about it over what I said last year, but my thought right now is this: at what point did 9/11 change from being a national tragedy to being a commercial enterprise? It seems like politicians and media execs are saying, "Hey, 9/11 is coming up again. Time to make some easy money."

Something noteworthy: a week ago, the number of U.S. troops killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, since 9/11, exceeded the number of U.S. deaths from the 9/11 attacks themselves.

I don't see Dubya mentioning that little tidbit.
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Comment #1 from olafandy (Guest)
2006 Sep 11 - 10:32 am : #
You know, it's not even the easy money. It's the the fearmongering mthod of choice for the neocons. It's all about how the country will be not be safe if you elect the other guy into office. That's the part I find most distasteful. But the easy money thing is also up there.

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