“We will never forget!” was on bumper stickers, T shirts, coffee mugs in the aftermath of 9/11.
And boy, did we fly the flag! There was actually a shortage of ‘em!
Sure, there were a few voices to the effect that we had it coming, but nobody wanted to actually admit to being in the “Blame America First” camp.
Who could have predicted that, less than 2 decades later, a message from the President of the US, a native New Yorker, quoting that once-universal mantra “we will never forget!” would be decried as..what: racist, Islamophobist, White Nationalist….fill in the blank.
And not out of the blue, either: Trump,was responding to a speech by an antisemitic Muslim lefty belittling and dismissing the 9/11 attacks!
America, honey!! You awake yet?
This is what CAIR and its ilk have done to our country since 9/1, aided and abetted by the likes of Bush 2 and Blair.
Maybe GWB actually thought Americans were going to start burning Mosques ( it’d have been a lot harder to find one then than now; they have proliferated since 9/11!) and the homes of Muslim Americans.
I don’t think there was ever a danger of that. Copies of the Koran sold out in the immediate aftermath as Americans belatedly sought to “understand” the hatred! Violent backlash would not have happened even if Bush hadn’t spouted that garbage about Islam being a “religion of peace” (Though I reckon most Americans didn’t actually read the paperback Korans they bought, or we never woulda swallowed that pap…) His motives may have been good,but he set the stage for Muslims to claim victim status. They did not waste the opportunity.
Of course this post was triggered (yes in all senses,) by the awful images of the burning spire of Notre Dame.
In 2001, such wanton, tragic destruction would have been the occasion for near-universal mourning and sympathy, for the city, for Catholics., dare I even say: for the Christian West. Or at least by the Christian West.
If the crimes of 9/11 had been perpetrated in 4/19, we would already be sympathizing with the poor disadvantaged Muslims who were somehow suffering such desperation, such despair, caused of course by America’s policies, that they had no choice really, but to enroll in that flight school in Florida where they learned to steer but not to land.
No, we will never forget. But we have allowed what we remember to be manipulated, falsified, and turned against us.