But most of them were their usual belligerent selves. Amid their howling
That Americans were getting soft, and must man up and acknowledge that
all Muslims, from Sheik Mohammed down to that guy who makes your bagel
at the deli, are trying to kill them.
Many rightbloggers were annoyed that 9/11 was not, in their
estimation, getting the attention that patriotism required. Rather than
attribute this to fatigue from nine years of the War on Terror -- or the
fact that 9/11 fell on a Saturday this year -- Ace of Spades blamed the media.
"And it doesn't help," he lamented, "that the MFM/MSM tends to sanitize
things like this, to gloss it over as if it's some abstract thing that
happened in ancient history: 'And we musn't get those rednecks all
flustered about these things...we must provide the filter and nuance
since they don't understand the subtleties of the matter. There are two
sides to this story and both are equally valid. We must provide the
narrative.'" (Though that last passage appeared in quotes, Ace of
Spades neglected to provide a source; we think it may have been Keith
"Fuck that nonsense," he continued. "I want to be reminded every single
day of what happened to us." He then provided no fewer than 18 videos of
9/11 archival footage, so that interested readers could, over hours of
viewing, be inspired to Ace of Spades' level of outrage or PTSD, which
he perhaps considers a precondition of patriotism. (Other rightbloggers
Others blamed America. No, not in the treasonous way that traitors like President Obama do it -- in a tough-love, 9/11-hurts-me-more-than-it-does-you way.
"Remember when we said we will never forget 9/11?" wrote JoAnne Thomas
at Right Pundits. "Well we did and shame on us for it!" For one thing,
"we sent our Military off to war and then tied their hands behind their
back. We now have to fight the politically correct way or someone will
She didn't say what she meant by this -- maybe it was a reference to Bush's famous defense of Islam? (Wow, that
seems like a long time ago, huh?) -- but was insistent that, if her
readers did not accept that England was now "run by Islamic extremists,
not the Prime Minister or the Queen," then "you're also one of those
that have already forgotten 9/11 happened," and not even 18 videos could
help you remember your way back to patriotism. Other signs that we had
forgotten: the election of Barack Obama, "smoking pot and lamenting
Thomas added, "On 9/11/2001 I felt terrified and helpless... Nine years later, I remain afraid." No kidding.
and the proof was the ascent of the Democrats. "Do you remember how
idiotic the 10% of the rest of the country looked when they opposed
attacking Osama?" cried Ferdousi. "Those people formed the core of the
anti-Iraq War detractors and the Kerry '04 and Obama '08 campaigns. They
are just as stupid now as they were while Ground Zero was still
smoldering." Yet look who's President! Shame! (Say, whatever happened to
that Osama guy, anyway?)
Rightbloggers bade us remember other villains of 9/11. Yid With Lid did his part, and commemorated the treacherous attacks on America and Israel by Mad Dog and Mike on WFAN. Never forget!
President Obama naturally came in for some heavy 9/11 abuse. When he called for a National Day of Service and Remembrance, Jim Hoft
of Gateway Pundit screamed, "WTH?... Barack Obama Marks 9-11 As
National Day of Community Service & Soup Kitchens.. Outrageous!"
From his astonished tone, you would think Gateway Pundit missed it when
("Obama & Radical Left Plan to Desecrate 9-11 Into Day of Community
Service") -- in fact, his 2010 complaint had a link to his 2009
complaint. People must love to throw office birthday parties for Hoft,
because he's very skilled at acting surprised.
Even the President' anodyne 9/11 speech riled the blogbrethren. When he called the 9/11 hijackers a "sorry band of men," Scared Monkeys
leapt to object: "UNREAL! AMERICA IS AT WAR WITH A SORRY BAND OF MEN?"
We wondered at first why Scared Monkeys would contest such a disparaging
characterization of depraved killers; as we read further ("Who is the
sorry one?"), we had to consider the possibility that Scared Monkeys did
not know that "sorry" can be a synonym for "pathetic," and assumed
Obama was suggesting the hijackers were sorry in the afterlife for what
they had done.
Eventually we were forced to conclude that the issue (apart from an
obsessive dedication to answering anything Obama does or says with
screaming anger) was one of nomenclature: SM was mad that Obama did not
call the 9/11 attackers "radical Islamic terrorist[s]." Similarly, Commentary's Jennifer Rubin
was enraged that Obama did not call the attackers "Islamic
fundamentalists" or "jihadists." And she said the killers were "anything
but pathetic or, as he put it, 'sorry' -- they did slaughter thousands,
after all." Hey, credit where credit is due!
Also, Rubin claimed that Obama "ridiculed his countrymen for
overreacting to the most lethal terrorist attack on our soil" and said
(figuratively, we have to assume) "Get over it" and "Really, let's not
dwell on the bad stuff," though she did not indicate what parts of his
actual text carried these meanings. She also claimed that "reporters
complain that Obama can't muster the same enthusiasm and passion for the
economy that he does for his Muslim outreach and his ongoing lectures
about tolerance" -- without telling us what reporters she meant. (For
such as Rubin, blind sources are like imaginary playmates, and help ease
the lonely work of propaganda.)
All this happened, BTW, during a week in which Obama reauthorized the WOT State of National Emergency
begun by George W. Bush. If he's trying to give America over to the
Islama-whatchamacallits, he's doing it in a very roundabout way.
If anyone got harsher 9/11 attention from rightbloggers than Obama, it was Muslims, both domestic and imported.
National Review's Andy McCarthy
commemorated the day by telling us there was no such thing as moderate
Islam. "If only the fantasy were true." he began. "If only there
actually were a dominant, pro-American, echt moderate Islam, an
ideology so dedicated to human rights, so sternly set against savagery,
that acts of terrorism were, by definition, 'un-Islamic activity.'"
Followers of such a creed would have been identifiable, he said, by the
way they "said 'thank you' to our troops" who invaded and occupied Iraq
and Afghanistan (which actions McCarthy cutely described as
"trillion-dollar American investments to forge democracies"), rather
than complaining or noisily wailing over the bodies of their bombed
But alas, McCarthy hadn't seen much of this, and so he judged, "such an Islam does not exist." At American Thinker, Andrew G. Bostom
agreed: "The real Islam of today -- not some chimerical non-existent
creed -- cannot be in our corner in the struggle against its own
totalitarian desire to impose Sharia on all of humanity," he wrote.
So McCarthy and Bostom counseled the immediate arrest and/or
neutralization of all Muslim-Americans. Ha! Just kidding, though you
have to wonder: If they really believe that all Islam is committed to
America's destruction, why would they countenance letting any follower
of Mohammed walk around loose?
Moonbattery denounced "The Unchanging Face of Islam" -- violent in 1000 A.D., violent now. Reliapundit attacked "ISLAM - AND ITS APOLOGISTS." "Islam- Religion of Violence and Fear," hollered The Freedomist. Etc.
If rightbloggers are dismayed at what they see as the weaker draw of
9/11, they may nonetheless take heart that their hostile attitude toward
Islam and the folks who practice it seems to be gaining traction. Gone
are the displays of solidarity, for example, that once distinguished New
Rightbloggers may not be able to revive the feeling of common purpose
that was general right after the 2001 attacks, but they've had some
success tearing people apart. And, for such as they, a victory's a