Did anyone else find this offensive?

During the RNC convention last night, they played a video that was supposed to be a tribute to the victims of 9/11. It opened with pictures of the Iranian hostage crisis and the narrator saying: “The first attack occured in Iran.” Huh? Iran had nothing to do with 9/11, especially since Iran is a shia country, and al qaeda is a sunni organization. But most of all, how does that in any way pay tribute to the VICTIMS? They then cut to images of the bombing on kenya, somalia, and the USS Cole, and then to a crowd in the middle east waving guns around, while the narrator says: “They grew ever more bold. Their call was, ‘On those who believe in God, and hopes for reward–To obey God’s command to kill Americans.’ fading to the video of bin Laden firing a gun. Then they fade into an image of one of the towers engulfed in smoke while the narrator says: “And kill us they did. This time on American soil. The date was September 11th–9/11.” And then a violent burst of orange flames as the second plane hit with a musical crescendo.

I know people who died that day, and I know rescue workers who will never be the same. To call this a tribute to the victims of 9/11 is a complete disgrace to those same victims. It was a propaganda piece designed to inflame anti-muslim sentiments, as well as to demonize Iran and make it sound like they are the same, or at least no different than the people who attacked us on 9/11.

Does the GOP have any shame? To use (or should I say continue to use) this horrible, horrible tragedy for political gain is irreprehensible. Bush had no problem doing it, and now McCain is doing the same.

Answer #1

Even if they had just called it a 9/11 tribute, but they called it a tribute to the victims. There was very little about the victims. The thing is less 3 minutes long, and they don’t say one thing about any victims until well over 2 minutes into it. There was maybe about 30 seconds about the actual victims in this “victims” tribute, but plenty about getting revenge on the muslims, and not just the ones who attacked us on 9/11.

Keith Olberman was fantastic. While I am watching this thing, and yelling at the TV at how utterly abhorant they are, the video ends and Olberman comes on, and he is visibly upset, and says the following:

“I’m sorry, it’s necessary to say this and I wanted to separate myself from the others on the air about this. If at this late date, any television network had of its own accord showed that much videotape, and that much graphic videotape of 9/11, and I speak as somebody who lost a few friends there, it, we, would be rightly eviscerated at all quarters, perhaps by the Republican Party itself, for exploiting the memories of the dead and perhaps even for trying to evoke that pain again. If you reacted to that videotape the way I did, I apologize. It is a subject of great pain for many of us still and was probably not appropriate to be shown. We’ll continue in a moment. “

If I was a church going kinda guy, I would say thank god for Keith Olbermann!!!

Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDx80bnFrVs&eurl=http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=42956

Answer #2

Yes, I saw it as well. It made me so enraged. That was not anywhere close to a tribute to the victims or the victims families. I was so offended!!

But it actually makes me happy to know that I am on the correct side of the bipartisan lines and that the Republicans already have to use 9/11, anti-muslim propaganda, and scare tactics to garner votes. They have nothing.

Answer #3

Sounds just like a video that Orion posted months ago.


Typical racist crap to keep all the kool-aid drinkers whipped into a worried frenzy.

Answer #4

Rickd -

It does sound like a video that Orion posted.

and the comment “Typical racist crap to keep all the kool-aid drinkers whipped into a worried frenzy”

was obviously regarding the video. It is typical racist crap.

So, once a person is gone, we can never reference them or anything they said or did unless it is to praise their memory and all the wonderful things they did?

My first husband died and I remember everything about him. His good and bad points. It is an entire package.

My firstborn died and I remember it all. I remember the paint spilled on the carpet. The magic marker on my favorite pair of shoes. And the way he laughed. I remember it all.

And as for you, shame of you for trying to make what I said into an attack on Orion.

Answer #5

Of course it’s anti-Muslim propaganda. There is no real terrorist threat on US soil right now, 9/11 was an isolated incident seen as foolish by much of the Islamic extremist world. The entire attack most likely took place without bin Laden’s supervision, maybe even without his awareness.

While I agree it’s shameless, I would have been surprised not to see the McCain campaign do everything it can to capitalize on the national security issue. It’s traditionally where Republicans are perceived as strongest, and with public sentiment very different than it was on 9/12/01, McCain can’t afford to lose ground in this area.

Answer #6

Jimahl, I didn’t see it, but I’m not surprised. I agree with you, and I think that since national security is the only area that the Republican administration still has a large approval rating on (although I disagree with the entire Iraq fiasco), we are going to see many more variations on these themes. So I say, “Buckle your seat belts, we’re in for a bumpy ride.”

Answer #7

The video was racist.

And you, unfortunately, seem just like yourself.

Answer #8

I think they apologised for it, didn’t they?

but there were a whole lot of other offensive remarks during the rest of the convention, so the fact that they apologised for this doesn’t in the least bit make the republican convention respectable

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