Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog, the Open City of America, takes a look at a parallel Earth today. As usual this is the only site on the ‘net that is truly non-partisan in its criticism of left-wing and right-wing zealots.
Several years ago a big deal was made over whether or not the 9-11 attacks could have been prevented by greater coordination between elements of the forever corrupt intelligence community. Amid the predictable partisan bickering and childish finger- pointing that characterized the 9-11 Commission and its findings an important consideration was overlooked.
That consideration was how events would have unfolded if the attacks had actually been thwarted. Let’s take a quick look at both the leftist idiocy and the right-wing idiocy that would have followed.
THE LEFTIST IDIOCY –
*** The insecure American Left always feels that the only officially “intellectual” thing to do is to take sides against one’s own country no matter what the situation is. I agree there are plenty of times when reasonable people WILL take sides against their own country, but with American leftists the rest of us have learned to just yawn and listen with amusement while they twist logic as severely as they have to in order to stick to their apparent loyalty to “everyone who hates America, right or wrong.”
*** The sheer unlikelihood of the 9-11 attacks would have served as the springboard for the leftists’ attack on the opposition party’s intelligence services foiling those attacks.
*** Leftists would have scoffed at the notion that the attacks could have ever succeeded. They would have ridiculed that possibility and made remarks like: “So the Bush administration would have us believe that this perfectly charming Mr Mohamed Atta and his friends would have succeeded in multiple plane hijackings and then, with the minimal pilot training they had, manage to fly those planes with pinpoint accuracy into the World Trade Center towers! Where- EVER does that cowboy in the White House get such notions?”
*** The default argument of all leftists is that the only people in the world that are irredeemably evil are Americans and they feel it is bigotry to ever suspect anyone else of any ugly intentions. They would have insisted the intelligence services nabbed Atta and his accomplices based solely on “racist” or “Islamophobic” assumptions. They’d have insisted it was “A Sacco and Vanzetti story for the 21st Century.”
( By the way, if you’re not sure if you’re an American leftist or not here’s a quick guide: If you’re condescendingly assuming that other people won’t understand the Sacco and Vanzetti reference then you just might be an American leftist!)
*** Leftists would have also launched a whole “Free Mohamed Atta” movement and, given the general ineptitude of the Bush administration, probably would have gotten Atta and his fellow conspirators acquitted.
*** Atta would then have gotten a job as a radio host on Air America, ensuring that absolutely nobody would ever hear from him again.
*** Inevitably the same organizations that Atta and his playmates belonged to would have put together a deadly attack that DID succeed like the 9-11 attacks did in real life. Leftists would then have insisted that it was America’s “bigoted” treatment of Mohamed Atta and company that was the SOLE motive behind the attacks and that Americans “brought it all on themselves.” Just like they’ve been doing in real life ever since the actual 9-11 attacks.
THE RIGHT-WING IDIOCY –
*** Even the most casual observers of the American scene will no doubt have noticed that on those rare occassions when Conservatives actually have a position that popular opinion might be in agreement with, they always manage to screw it up. They usually do that by thinking the initial public support for their stance (in this case prosecuting Team Atta for the attempted 9-11 attacks) means that they can try to piggyback some of their outdated social attitudes onto it, until even the original support they enjoyed evaporates.
*** Bush and his congressional allies would have tried to insist that further attempted attacks like the thwarted (in this reality) 9-11 attacks might be coming if America didn’t change its ways and outlaw abortion and homosexuality and premarital sex, etc. They would tell us that their God saved America this time but if we didn’t return to “old fashioned American values” the Almighty might just let the next attack succeed as punishment. Naturally this would have alienated a large chunk of the public.
*** The Bush administration would have pushed for increased powers to deal with any possible future attacks, but their efforts would have been defeated in congress after various Republicans with 19th Century worldviews attached riders to the bills forbidding the teaching of evolution in schools that receive government assistance. They would also have wanted provisions made for the teaching of creationism in schools and demanded that the government get to the bottom of “this whole vaccination plot!”
*** John McCain would have come forward and condemned his fellow Republicans for their “shameful” treatment of Mohamed Atta and his friends. He would even have invited Team Atta to his office to personally apologize to them on behalf of all Republicans everywhere. As always the opposition party would have made a great deal of political capital out of McCain’s de riguer trashing of his own colleagues, but, typically, he would be too stupid to realize it or too egotistical to care.
*** Right-wing talk radio shows would have been crawling with conspiracy theories that the 9-11 attack plan was secretly engineered by an “ongoing Communist plot.”
*** George W Bush being the scum that he was he’d have used the thwarted attack as a pretext for open-ended warfare to enrich his cronies in various defense-related businesses AND to help his family’s Saudi pals, who love anything and everything that pits the U.S. against other Middle Eastern powers. (Hey, I didn’t say EVERYTHING would be different.)
*** Conservatives also would have immediately demanded to cut Social Security. There would be no correlation to the 9-11 plot, of course, but whenever ANYTHING happens anywhere in the world the first response of American Conservatives is to propose cuts to Social Security and other programs that benefit their fellow human beings.
Well, that’s how I imagine it may well have turned out if by some chance the 9-11 attacks were nipped in the bud. Politics as usual in the silly “sharks vs the jets” atmosphere that the white collar criminals called Democrats and Republicans have created in America.
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