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    "Go shopping" inside NYC was an economic idea. The Manhattan merchants could have gotten clobbered worse, I suppose. However, Bush then put it out for everyone. Huh? He seemed to be saying "English response to the Blitz," but then he said the opposite in the same speeches -- "the world has changed, we must change, we must all do things we abhor, enemy without a nation, battle without a battlefield, the enemy may be among us" and all the rest of the tiresome, familiar, road to hate.

    Everyone who had to watch the thing on television had to feel that imperative to act even more powerfully than the people on the scene, and people on the scene felt it strongly. Further, they had to feel that whatever it was that they did was somehow incomplete because they were robbed of the human context (like giving money to Trapper John MD: it's not the same as raising an orphan).

    And then the songs started....

    "What have we learned since 9/11?" "We?" We who?

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Wed Sep 07, 2011 at 03:25:50 AM PDT

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