Here is Paul Krugman’s blog in The New York Times that has sparked a firestorm:
September 11, 2011, 8:41 AM
The Years of Shame
Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?
Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.
If I subscribed to the New York Times I would follow Donald Rumsfeld’s lead and cancel. But I don’t. What timing? When loved ones of the nearly 3000 murdered are remembering the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Krugman denigrates it as a shameful event. Krugman calls for 9/11 to be a unifying event by calling Rudy Giuliani and George Bush flake heros who cashed in on this national tragedy. His dividing remarks are character assassinations of two men who rallied our nation to defend itself against Islamic terrorism. Because of these two heros, Krugman still has the freedom of speech to spew hatred. This is deeply shameful.