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August 14, 2010

9/11! 9/11! — Milking Fear, Hate, Islamic Scapegoating, Newsweek Piles On

A news magazine in limbo wouldn’t actually stoop to validate a racist and paranoid misrepresentation, rubbing people’s faces in this iconic wreckage just weeks before the anniversary of this notorious attack, would it?

To adapt a phrase from one of our readers: “each cover is one more addition to Bin Laden’s evil accomplishment.”

  • barfcode

    ‘we dink to…whatever’

  • black dog barking

    If it were possible to take a still photo of a person’s inner thoughts, I wonder how many inner images of America would look something like this cover. It’s been nine years, maybe not long enough to rehabilitate the site on southern Manhattan Island, but time enough for a good measure of healing for these inner images.

    The “mosque” controversy is *not* therapeutic. It is destructive to our inner life and offers nothing in the direction of cure.

    • David Olds

      Haven’t you heard. The mosque is to bring understanding between Muslims and the Judeo Christian West. How’s it going so far Feisal?

  • echo

    Your country is beset by evil demagogues hell bent on destroying your country and they will stop at nothing to follow through with their evil plans and they care not a whit for those who will suffer along the way. It is power they seek and their motives are self-serving and the opposite of benevolent.

    I am referring to your politicians of course.

    Terrorists need only sit back and watch this carousel of the damned spin into infinity. They can phone it in at this point both figuratively and literally.

    • David Olds

      Yes. But ultimately the people vote the politicians in to power. “You can’t have Democracy without religion” one of our founding fathers said. In other words we threw out Judeo Christian ethics and the result is what you see. If the voting public is too lazy to do the work to get the right people in office, or if most voters are apathetic and only concerned about themselves this is the result. Most people are the farthest thing from “thoughtful”. They decide what they are with emotions and self interest and then follow the party line without thought.

    • acm

      and yet, David, the very founders of our republic were a bunch of deists and agnostics, belying that very quote.

    • KO

      David – the founding of our country was messy, and it’s certainly possible someone said that, but since you don’t tell us who said it, or what their exact quote was, it’s hard to comment on that. I will tell you this – Thomas Jefferson, one of the most influential of our founding fathers wrote this about the 1st Amendment: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their “legislature” should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between church and State.”

  • Ralph Jones

    Stay classy Newsweek.

  • jonst

    Surprisingly, the American people seem to have this one right. To the limited extent the numerous polls can be believed. A majority of Americans believes the owners of this property have the right to build (within law)anything they want there. And, at the same time, a majority of Americans wishes they would build it somewhere else.

    This is a scab, picked, unnecessarily, by many in this multi-dimensional controversy. I don’t know who depresses me more….the Palin’s and Newts, stirring up trouble. Or the pseudo-moralists, calling anyone who dares to oppose the building, FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY MAY BASE THEIR OPPOSITION ON-foul names. Like the commenter above above. It is a priceless, and yet ultimately depressing, thing to behold here. Idiots abound. Loud mouth moralistic, jingoistic people, hurling accusations in both directions. They deserve each other.

  • jmac

    The Right spin cycle controls the voice of the Media. If they want the Mosque to be the issue before the election (a winning issue, they believe), then it is. If they want Immigration to be the issue (even though Republican Senators can’t touch it due to the ‘pathway to citizenship’), then it is. If they want no tax cuts whatsoever any time any where to be the issue – it is.

    If the three broken parts of the tower represent Republicans, Democrats and the Tea Party fringe of the Republican party, then the far right side (Tea) seems to have the edge – but it just might be the destruction of the party – a Pyrrhic win in November.

  • thirdeye pushpin

    It took nine years for the destruction of the building to seep in and become the destruction of our values….

    • gmoke

      “It took nine years for the destruction of the building to seep in and become the destruction of our values….”

      Yep, after getting rid of habeus corpus, starting an unnecessary war, normalizing torture, and warrantless wiretapping (under gag orders), we have finally destroyed our values with faked outrage over a zoning issue.

    • David Olds

      It was Islam killed at 9/11 and continues to kill. Not radicals, but everyday Muslims.
      “’People were very happy seeing this,’ Mr. Khan maintained, saying the crowd was festive and cheered during the stoning. The couple, he said, ‘did a bad thing.’”
      “Taliban activists began stoning them first, then villagers joined in until they killed first Siddiqa and then Khayyam, Mr. Khan said. No women were allowed to attend, he said.”
      “Mr. Khan estimated that about 200 villagers participated in the executions, including Khayyam’s father and brother, and Siddiqa’s brother, as well as other relatives, with a larger crowd of onlookers who did not take part.” NY TIMES
      By the way – Islam is not a race. It is an ideology. I hate anyone with the Islamic Ideology. It IS EVIL! So what am I, an ideologist? My guess is if you were born and raised in Afghanistan you would have been right there crushing the skull of this beautiful young woman because she fell in love. I would not. I question everything, have an open mind and follow truth and goodness in Christ.
      Oh! I just heard a hateful mind just slam shut.

  • Amir Goy

    This huge, nano-thermite-laced ‘dust up’, aside from being a very sad and manufactured spectacle, having all too predictable results…is a very handy diversion from the ‘elephant in the room’, that being the question of who actually carried out 911 to begin with.
    The real perps must be looking on with great satisfaction.

  • David Olds

    Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Calling someone racist doesn’t mean a thing. I’m sick of it. We are all racist. It’s built into our brain. You are a Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Racist! Grow up!

    • black dog barking

      Interesting link, David Olds.

      Seeing the shotgun pattern of David Olds responses to this thread, how closely does this image from Ground Zero reflect the inner imagination of David Olds in re: the Future of America?

    • g

      And you seem to think the right response to that is to inflame it.

  • Marsupialas

    Apparently Newsweek decided that if Time was going to run pictures of women whose nose got cut off, they had join in the fun.

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