I recall the Left’s response to 9/11. It started with a little drip, Joan Didion who denounced George Bush for rallying the country behind his ideas for responding to the attack. The chorus grew as the Liberal hive began its internal conversation until it was clear that the Left was rooting for America to lose the war in Iraq. Harry Reid is famous for his announcement that “This war is lost” before the American military with the support of George Bush won it. Despite winning the war, the power of the narrative is so powerful that today it is an article of faith on the Left that toppling Saddam Hussein was huge strategic blunder, and there are few on the Right who are willing to defend it, preferring instead to change the subject.
For much of the Left the attacks on 9/11 and its aftermath is another example of America acting badly. When Barack Obama’s spiritual advisor, Jeremiah Wright, famously intoned that the attack on 9/11 were “America’s chickens coming home to roost” the Left was nodding in the amen corner. For the Left, 9/11 had the wrong perpetrators (they continually pray for white guys), the right targets (Wall Street and the Pentagon) but most obviously the wrong President. The Boston Marathon bombing is their opportunity for a do-over. The desperately want it to be a white guy. The Boston Marathon is the kind of even that Liberals see as a reflection of themselves, so rather than an attack on evil capitalists and warmongers, this was an attack on THEM. And of course, the President is the "One We Have Been Waiting For."
Here's Rush Limbaugh on the desperate requirement that the bomber be white.
Mr. Sirota here at Salon magazine says that if the bombers in Boston turn out to be anything but white Americans, it'll set back the cause of liberalism. That is amnesty, and gut national security. From the article: "That means regardless of your particular party affiliation, if you care about everything from stopping war to reducing the defense budget to protecting civil liberties to passing immigration reform, you should hope the bomber was a white domestic terrorist.
Ron Fournier told us that the Boston Marathon bombing was really worse than 9/11 despite far fewer casualties ... because of the venue!
The thousands murdered on 9/11 were not so much people as symbols to Ron Fournier; symbols of a class that he does not view as the kind of people who run in the Boston Marathon.
I asked the question yesterday:
After 9/11 the Left asked “why do they hate us so?” Barack Obama's spiritual advisor, Jeremiah Wright, said that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” We’re not hearing words like these today. Why not?
The answer is that in Boston the people who were killed an maimed could have been them. On 9/11, not so much.