But these things happen. And we need to face up to them.
Until recently, I've been unwilling to acknowledge the love that right-wingers have for 9/11. It's an almost fetishistic obsession that allows them to indulge in all their worst impulses:
- foreigners are evil, especially if they don't look like me;
- everyone is against me;
- no one understands me;
- violence solves most problems;
- all my detractors are liars and traitors;
- my country is the only power that matters; and
- I am the most powerful person in the world, and no one can tell me what to do.
As I said, I don't like facing up to this. It's not fun. But then the horrifying Mrs. du Toit steps in and reminds me. (She said she was going to stop writing her weblog; tragically, she went back on that promise.)
Face it: the right loves 9/11. It validates them. It warms them. It shields them.
And that's the truth.
UPDATE: The Department of Defense (headed up by Donald "the weapons are in the area around Tikrit, and north, south, east and west somewhat" Rumsfeld) has announced plans to stage a massive rally, parade and (I'm not making this up) country music concert to "celebrate" 9/11 this year. This would be funny if it wasn't so sick and wrong. AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!
UPDATE II: Clint Black, who will be headlining the "A! FY!" Concert on 9/11 this year (sponsored, as I've said, by the DoD), will no doubt be performing his song "I Raq and Roll" (again, I'm not making this up), which includes lines like:
If they won't show us their weapons
We might have to show them ours
It might be a smart bomb - they find stupid people too
If you stand with the likes of Saddam
One just might find you
Toby Keith, call your office.