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September 5, 2011

9/11 Covers: Beyond the One-Liner

New Statesman 9 11 cover

Compared to the simplistic one-liners sprouting like mushrooms on cover after cover as part of the 9/11 ten year anniversary newsstand pileup, the New Statesman cover kept me going for a while, not just in bringing back names, episodes, chain-of-events, but also for (if you remember the big phrase during the anthrax scare) helping connect-some-dots.

What a nice job this does of capturing how monumentally and pervasively al Qaeda altered the trajectory of this country. Of course, a lot of the references here — Fallujah; Lynndie England; Niger, Bremer — allude to America and Bush Jr.’s neocon-induced self-inflicted wound. But, heavens to Pashtuns, Bagram, Islamaphobia and ID cards, there is a lot more going on here.

Connect away!

(via coverjunkie)

  • bks

    I thought New York City was going to rebuild the twin towers, or equivalent.  When did we become the country that can’t?  Oh, yeah, the Bush administration.

        –bks

  • Momly

    Why is Obama’s name so prominent at the top of the left tower? Wasn’t he still working in Illinois ten years ago?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PV4JXFNDQXSOHJBOWVZC6LSFYM ColinN

      I think it is to balance the “BUSH” prominent in the other tower. Sort of like, trying to suggest balance, when in truth, as you point out, there is none. America’s response to 9/11 was unbalanced.

    • Enoch Root

      Obama campaigned on closing down Guantanamo and ending the wars.

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    Are the references historically balanced? politically balanced? Is there too much Iraq and not enough early Afghanistan or later Afghanistan? Is Karzai there? Rummy? Is there any logical difference between the two towers?  Why IS Obama there? Are they saying his election was fundamentally the product of 9/11? Seems there are some Middle East references, too. Amadinejad. Hezbollah. How logical is that branch? Interesting to see Daniel Pearl in there, and David Kelly. Maybe one “goal” of the media’s commemoration exercise has been to see who can be more reductive.

  • Anonymous

    They forgot The Pet Goat.

  • Linda

    If Obama hadn’t continued so many of the Bush-era policies, he may not have ended up being so prominently displayed here. But let us not forget the remarkable coincidence of the killing of Bin Laden 8 yrs to the day that Bush announced Mission Accomplished in Iraq. I think Obama has “earned” in the most egregious way possible a place of prominence in this depiction of the towers.
    Peace Prize my arsehole.

    And yes, of course, he inherited so many wrongs from The Bushie “Rights.” But what did he do with those “wrongs?” Before you respond that is frankly a rhetorical question. I am not one of those “low-information” voters that needs to be schooled on the good Obama has done. But unfortunately, being a corporate shill, negates all of that for me.

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  • bystander

    Why is Obama there?  I dunno… but in the same vein we could ask why is
    Benazir Bhutto there, or the occupied
    territories
    , or evangelical, or
    Arafat, or ID cards?  We are
    talking about a decade, not a day.  We are talking about policies that
    did not exist before 9.11 but were crafted for the occasion, except the
    occasion hasn’t ended.  Even the deaths of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin
    Laden didn’t end it.  What Bush extracted out of his OLC and DOJ, Obama
    has codified with his.  We aren’t any longer talking about one White
    House administration, but two. I happen to think it’s positively
    righteous that Obama’s name sits right at the top; right next to
    mission accomplished.  GWOT (and the National Security
    State) forever.  Huzzah!

    As for the depictions of the towers, I kind of like this one, too. 

    The True Legacy of 9/11http://macleodcartoons.blogspot.com/2011/09/true-legacy-of-911.html

  • LanceThruster

    10 year
    anniversary notwithstanding, anything dealing with 9/11 that doesn’t address
    the lies that have survived long past their expiration date is just too painful
    and surreal to me. It is one big “the emperor’s new clothes” as far
    as I’m concerned. Every single thing else of the narrative, however tragic or
    heroic, simply pales in comparison to the ten year diet of spoon-fed BS.

    I hope there
    are truther protests at the expected NFL aggrandizements on Sunday. Not only
    was it not our finest hour, what transpired following the attacks should be
    cause for humiliation and shame, as we are incapable, even with ten years of
    hindsight, to see a truth plainly evident (that crime scene evidence was
    ignored and destroyed, and that anomalies of such remarkable occurrences are
    mere curiosities, not leads to be investigated and science and physics to be
    examined and explained). Ignore that man behind the curtain, focus on those persons that man
    wants you to now fear, hate, and kill.

    I think of
    how real scientific examination works. Richard Feynman of Cal tech did a simple
    demo with an O-ring segment and a glass of ice water. Crashed airliner
    fragments are generally gathered, catalogued, and reassembled in order to glean
    clues as to the cause in order to identify and correct flaws. Studies of the
    wreckage of the Titanic reveal clues as to how the sinking actually transpired.
    Metallurgical studies showed a brittleness of the steel and deficiencies in the
    forging process that may have played a major part. Ignoring the tragic loss of
    life, to really investigate and learn from the dynamics of such a unique
    structural failure would be both fascinating and rewarding to those with a deep
    curiosity of how things work in our physical world.

    Instead, we
    get simpletons, bumpkins, and lemmings going, “Wow, that was really weird.
    I guess crazy stuff just happens sometimes.” But once they’re told,
    “move along, nothing to see here” they’re ready to be engrossed by
    the next shiny object.

    Liars lie, because
    lies are unbelievably effective (and rewarding). Any discussion and strategy
    (and remembrance) not based on truth and facts is just a pathetic circle-jerk.

  • LanceThruster

    10 year
    anniversary notwithstanding, anything dealing with 9/11 that doesn’t address
    the lies that have survived long past their expiration date is just too painful
    and surreal to me. It is one big “the emperor’s new clothes” as far
    as I’m concerned. Every single thing else of the narrative, however tragic or
    heroic, simply pales in comparison to the ten year diet of spoon-fed BS.

    I hope there
    are truther protests at the expected NFL aggrandizements on Sunday. Not only
    was it not our finest hour, what transpired following the attacks should be
    cause for humiliation and shame, as we are incapable, even with ten years of
    hindsight, to see a truth plainly evident (that crime scene evidence was
    ignored and destroyed, and that anomalies of such remarkable occurrences are
    mere curiosities, not leads to be investigated and science and physics to be
    examined and explained). Ignore that man behind the curtain, focus on those persons that man
    wants you to now fear, hate, and kill.

    I think of
    how real scientific examination works. Richard Feynman of Cal tech did a simple
    demo with an O-ring segment and a glass of ice water. Crashed airliner
    fragments are generally gathered, catalogued, and reassembled in order to glean
    clues as to the cause in order to identify and correct flaws. Studies of the
    wreckage of the Titanic reveal clues as to how the sinking actually transpired.
    Metallurgical studies showed a brittleness of the steel and deficiencies in the
    forging process that may have played a major part. Ignoring the tragic loss of
    life, to really investigate and learn from the dynamics of such a unique
    structural failure would be both fascinating and rewarding to those with a deep
    curiosity of how things work in our physical world.

    Instead, we
    get simpletons, bumpkins, and lemmings going, “Wow, that was really weird.
    I guess crazy stuff just happens sometimes.” But once they’re told,
    “move along, nothing to see here” they’re ready to be engrossed by
    the next shiny object.

    Liars lie, because
    lies are unbelievably effective (and rewarding). Any discussion and strategy
    (and remembrance) not based on truth and facts is just a pathetic circle-jerk.

  • LanceThruster

    10 year
    anniversary notwithstanding, anything dealing with 9/11 that doesn’t address
    the lies that have survived long past their expiration date is just too painful
    and surreal to me. It is one big “the emperor’s new clothes” as far
    as I’m concerned. Every single thing else of the narrative, however tragic or
    heroic, simply pales in comparison to the ten year diet of spoon-fed BS.

    I hope there
    are truther protests at the expected NFL aggrandizements on Sunday. Not only
    was it not our finest hour, what transpired following the attacks should be
    cause for humiliation and shame, as we are incapable, even with ten years of
    hindsight, to see a truth plainly evident (that crime scene evidence was
    ignored and destroyed, and that anomalies of such remarkable occurrences are
    mere curiosities, not leads to be investigated and science and physics to be
    examined and explained). Ignore that man behind the curtain, focus on those persons that man
    wants you to now fear, hate, and kill.

    I think of
    how real scientific examination works. Richard Feynman of Cal tech did a simple
    demo with an O-ring segment and a glass of ice water. Crashed airliner
    fragments are generally gathered, catalogued, and reassembled in order to glean
    clues as to the cause in order to identify and correct flaws. Studies of the
    wreckage of the Titanic reveal clues as to how the sinking actually transpired.
    Metallurgical studies showed a brittleness of the steel and deficiencies in the
    forging process that may have played a major part. Ignoring the tragic loss of
    life, to really investigate and learn from the dynamics of such a unique
    structural failure would be both fascinating and rewarding to those with a deep
    curiosity of how things work in our physical world.

    Instead, we
    get simpletons, bumpkins, and lemmings going, “Wow, that was really weird.
    I guess crazy stuff just happens sometimes.” But once they’re told,
    “move along, nothing to see here” they’re ready to be engrossed by
    the next shiny object.

    Liars lie, because
    lies are unbelievably effective (and rewarding). Any discussion and strategy
    (and remembrance) not based on truth and facts is just a pathetic circle-jerk.

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  • Momly

    But not on 9/11. Obama was still just a community organizer that day. I think you are correct, ColinN.

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