A real slap in the face to 9/11 and America

Tanya - posted on 08/30/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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The US was attacked on 9/11/01 during President G.W. Bush's (R) first term in office. While the US was attacked by Muslim terrorists, attacks that cost the lives of approximately 3000 Americans, President Bush sat in a elementary school classroom reading My Pet Goat.

On that fateful day, and for many days after, rescue workers frantically crawled and climbed through the smoking, burning, smoldering rubble of New York's former World Trade Center. Then EPA head, and former NJ Governor, Christine Todd Whitman (R) assured the rescue workers and the residents of New York that the toxic fumes, smoke and ash that they were breathing was safe. That was a lie. In the years since that fateful day, the Bush administration never even proposed a bill to pay for the medical treatment of those who are sick and dying from the fumes they inhaled trying to save lives after the attacks on the World Trade Center. As I write this people have died from those fumes, and people continue to be sick and continue to die from those fumes.

Recently, a bill was proposed in Congress to pay for the rescue workers' health care. It was defeated by the Republicans. It was defeated because, despite having overwhelming majorities in Congress, the Democrats in the face of Republican opposition have been unable to pass any legislation worth anything.

Yet during the same week that the Republicans showed how little they care about the health of the 9/11 Ground Zero rescue workers; the politicians in New York approved a Muslim victory marker mosque for Ground Zero, a Muslim victory marker to commemorate the great Muslim victory of destroying over 2700 innocent lives, the World Trade Center complex, and surrounding buildings.

http://www.examiner.com/religion-social-...
Another site
http://current.com/news/92577017_gop-blo...

So why isn't this all over the news?

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Sara - posted on 08/30/2010

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I read about this too...shameful.



Stories like this aren't in the news because to distract from the true dastardly deeds in which they participate, conservatives make a big deal out of things like, oh i don't know, a mosque in NYC. **Look at the monkey, Look at the monkey!!**



One republican congressman referred to this bill as a "slush fund". Nice. Just goes to show that some people like to pretend they care about 9/11, but really only want to use it as a battle cry to incite fear and resentment which they can then use to back their own political campaign. When it comes down to it, they don't give a shit about the people that perished that day, or the people that tried to help.

Heather - posted on 08/30/2010

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Which is hilarious since plastic on the windows would've accomplished nothing. Kinda like getting under your desk and putting your hands over your head in the event of a nuclear bomb....

Tanya - posted on 08/30/2010

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I do think that congress really only acts in the best interest of themselves.

I have to say that I respect everyone who has defended my country, but I do think that war was unnecessary. First they said that Iraq was linked to 9/11. Then they had weapons of mass destruction. Then they had factories to make WMDs. None of that was true, but by the time we the people found out we were already at war.

I agree that too often the government and the media use fear to control the masses. I remember when they were tell ing use to get duct tape and plastic to put over our window roflmao. I think that the people will have to come together one day to put a stop to this. The only way we can ever do this is to stop worrying about who is mexican, muslim, gay, or whatever and actually work together.

Lucy - posted on 08/30/2010

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I absolutely agree that the suffering of those who inhaled fumes whilst doing such heroic work should be officially recognised and treated for their condition. It is disgusting that this issue continues to drag on without a resolution.

However, I have to take issue with the last part of the original post. the building in question is not a Muslim victory marker, it is not at ground zero and, in fact, it isn't even a Mosque! It is a Muslim community centre which will be open to people of all faiths and includes a restaurant, leisure facilities and prayer rooms. The average joe Muslims of New York (and any where else for that matter) have no victory to mark as they were not involved in the atrocity of 9/11 other than as victims. Plenty of Muslims died in the twin towers that day, and the rest have had to live with mud being slung at them for something they didn't do ever since.

A real victory would be for the suffering of EVERYBODY affected by 9/11 to be fully recognised, and to act as a warning against further hate and prejudice.

Marabeth - posted on 08/30/2010

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personally i don't think it's too far fetched to put a mosque at ground zero. 9/11 is a very sensitive subject for many people across the world who were affected by it in various ways. blaming all muslims does not make the disaster better at all (obviously). hitler's reign targeted a few specific races and types of people so for a holocaust memorial it makes sense that it appeals to mostly those people (jewish, african american, homosexual, gypsy, etc.) america and those people killed/affected by the terrorist attacks is a melting pot where you cannot have a specific group in mind when memorializing such a tragedy. i think ideally there would be some sort of memorial representing all of america or even a group of several memorials.

it is estimated that the muslim faith is the second largest after christianity in america. 3-7 (big range, i know) million americans are muslim. not all of them (in fact probably not any of them) are responsible for 9/11 yet they all receive prejudice on a daily basis affecting nearly every aspect of their lives. to me that is another tragic outcome of the terrorist attacks and increasing awareness about this would help speed tolerance along. the us government and new york itself accepting muslims with open arms into america would be a dramatic and large first step into that direction. american history is filled with oppressed people, times of tumultuous activism and ultimately acceptance. what is more american than continuing this journey with our muslim citizens/brothers?

i think it would help not to think of the proposed mosque as a "victory marker to commemorate ... destroying over 2700 innocent lives, the world trade center complex and surrounding buildings" because it wasn't the muslim faith that attacked us--it was terrorists. an al-quaeda building is not being proposed, a muslim church is. there is a big difference.

and about the bill defeated protecting rescue workers' health care-- in hindsight democrats probably did do the wrong thing in how they presented the bill for vote. the bill was hugely popular and thought to have been a definite yes. so, instead of spending a lot of time voting on each amendment of the bill individually they opted for a vote of the all encompassing package. for it to work a 2/3 majority is required. after democrats revealed their strategy the republicans who voted no did so because they disagreed with how the bill was put up for voting--not necessarily the bill itself (hugely childish if you ask me)! so though the democrats probably could have done it differently i really feel the republicans the worse of the two evils here.

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Lindsay - posted on 08/30/2010

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I thought that the suggestion for plastic on windows was to help lower heating costs in the cold winter....I must have missed that! lol

Marabeth - posted on 08/30/2010

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i don't know of congress *only* acts in the best interest of themselves. it's a group made up of hundreds of people. any group comprised of hundreds of people is bound to have drama, temper tantrums, self interest, bullying, argument, blackmail, big spending, name calling and at the very least hurt feelings. considering that it's amazing anything gets accomplished. there are 435 in the house and 100 in senate which gives the congress 535 members. can you imagine if 535 random women from COM made up congress? :)

Heather - posted on 08/30/2010

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I totally agree Kati. It's taking up to a year just to diagnose soldiers with PTSD as it is and then they're denying them benefits because they got "counseling" in the past...shady, shady stuff. I say fire them all!(Congress that is) You know us Americans...can't go more than a few hundred years without a significant emotional event. :)

Rosie - posted on 08/30/2010

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i find it very shameful as well. i wish libs and conservatives could get together and figure something out for this.
i've also heard of stories where military members are denied compensation for injuries suffered in the war, because they had a preexisting condition-mental health issues. that's great, send a mentally ill person off to war, and THEN deny them any medical help, or compensation at all because of their preexisting condition. BULLSHIT, i say....

Sara - posted on 08/30/2010

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I agree with you somewhat, Heather, we will never know the whole truth. But, Iraq is the first time in the history of this country that we have, unprovoked, attacked another sovereign nation. I call that unnecessary. But that's probably a whole other thread... :)

Heather - posted on 08/30/2010

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Congress can't even function properly anymore because they only care about "beating" the other side. Unfortunately, both democrats and republicans try to get as much crap thrown into every bill as they can, no one reads the bill, and then everybody claims the other side is wrong.

I will say it irritates me when people talk about Iraq being an unneccessary war. No one has all the facts and the truth is probably a huge combination of many different things both democrats and republicans have said. Either way, it doesn't fall solely on Bush or the republicans and it very much diminishes the sacrifice of the soldiers of every country to say it was an "unneccessary" war.

Scare tactics are used by both sides of the isle(look at the bail outs) It's not right, but it's only scary if you don't educate yourself about the facts. And you can't get all the facts from reading only one side of the argument.

So back to the question(lol): the reason it isn't all over the news? Because the media is a bunch of whores who put out to whomever can get them the best ratings...imo.

Jenni - posted on 08/30/2010

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Isn't that why there was such a difficult time passing the health care bill? More republican seats? I don't know i'm not from there.

Tanya - posted on 08/30/2010

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Oh and lets not forget the fear mongering and propaganda that lead us into the war with
Iraq. They used 9/11 to rally support for this war. Now 4416 Americans have died in Iraq. So sad.
http://antiwar.com/casualties/

Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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