George Graham

Will 9/11 Ceremonies Help the U.S. Defense Budget?

Sandra is reliving the horror of Nine-Eleven through the endless memorials on television, but I could take no more of it. Call me insensitive. Call me crass. I’ve had it up to here with the long faces and heart-tugging recollections.

I mean no disrespect but I’d rather watch the KLM Open in Holland.

Do you think I am unaware of the horror of Nine-Eleven? Do you think my heart doesn’t bleed for the victims and their families?

If you do, you do me wrong.

I understand that the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 changed America forever. I know that Americans must not – cannot – forget the day.  It could be the platform for rebuilding the nation, for forging a stronger spirit of unity and purpose.

But I don’t need politicians to remind me of it. I don’t need the bagpipes or the rhetoric or the interviews with survivors.

There’s something phony about these elaborate memorial ceremonies and splashy TV programs. Something that smacks of a vast PR campaign.

Why do I keep thinking they might be designed to protect America’s bloated defense budget from the spending cuts facing Congress?

Why do I suspect that the terror “threat” we’ve been hearing about all week might just be another part of that PR campaign?

Those military-industrial puppeteers have done that kind of thing in the past. They could be doing it again.

About the author

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com