As America headed into the weekend before the sixth anniversary of the horrific Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the latest purported video from Osama bin Laden reminded the country that the war on terrorism is still a real and persistent battle. But some people despise the whole war-on-terror concept. They believe that commemorating 9-11 is getting tired and dated and even psychologically harmful to the country.
As hard (or as easy) as it may be to believe, The New York Times, situated just miles from Ground Zero in Manhattan, published a typically portentous Sunday article asking: "As 9-11 Draws Near, a Debate Rises: How Much Tribute Is Enough?"
Times reporter N.R. Kleinfeld suggested the whole rigmarole was tedious and perhaps distasteful: "Again there will be the public tributes, the tightly scripted memorial events, the reflex news coverage, the souvenir peddlers. Is all of it necessary, at the same decibel level -- still?"
Amassing the usual anonymous mass of radicals who are allergic to expressions of national unity or love of country, Kleinfeld insisted, "Many people feel that the collective commemorations, publicly staged, are excessive and vacant, even annoying."
"Excessive and vacant, even annoying." Come to think of it, that's a pretty good motto for the masthead of The New York Times.
To be sure, Kleinfeld's article includes both points of view. Nancy Nee, who lost a brother, said: ''Six years feels like the blink of an eye. That number means nothing to me.'' But to the hometown paper, that opinion has no more moral authority than the jerk who stated, "I have the sense that some people are living on their victimhood, which I find a little tiring.''
The Times account also featured the typical leftist asserting that 9-11 commemorations are politicized, ''crassly corporatized and co-opted by false patriots.''
This is the same newspaper that found no one could question or contradict the grieving liberal 9-11 widows who campaigned for John Kerry in 2004.
Kleinfeld looked in his crystal ball and suggested 9-11 will soon be forgotten. He asked if anyone still remembers Feb. 15 as the day of the sinking of the battleship Maine in 1898. The article concluded with a professor asking if anyone in New York still commemorates firing on Fort Sumter to begin the Civil War.
There's a huge difference between remembering 2001 and remembering 1861. This is wishful thinking, nothing more.