September 11, 2003

For September 11, I was going to write a post about how gross I find it when people get all emotional about today, and about the 3,000 people who died here, but didn’t bat an eyelash at the savage genocide in 1994 of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda or the million Somalis who have died from the war and famine that rack their country or the labor camps and torture and forced abortion and sterilization with which China is destroying Tibet but then I passed an ice cream truck and all rational thought was driven out of my head by a desperate longing for a chocolate sundae with strawberry sauce.

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12 Responses to For September 11, I was

  1. Emily says:

    Well Natalie Maines, maybe we aren’t up to date with ALL of the world’s catastrophes, but maybe those of us who have lost family members and friends at the Trade Center will try to find the time and read the New York Times more often.

  2. sam says:

    “People” is such a general term.

  3. Adam807 says:

    So you’re off the diet then?

  4. -T- says:

    You are so right again luv. Being self centered is so easy and dosen’t really require an effort.

    “Those who lost…”

    The people all over the world have close ones, even Africans do, dear take a peek outside, they are all human beings and deserve to live just like we all do.

  5. Adam807 says:

    You know, I keep thinking of a scene from Ally McBeal of all things. One of the other Skinny Lawyers says to Ally, “Why do you act like your problems are so much bigger than everyone else’s?”

    Ally says matter-of-factly, “Because they’re mine.”

    I can easily add to your list, including several events the US caused. I’ll be outraged at them. But I’ll cry for this, because it’s ours.

    Who know Ally was so sage?

  6. I totally agree with you, Faustus. Well done!

    If my understanding is correct, it must take some guts to mention that in the current climate in the USA of putting up barriers against the outside world. I’m sure that a lot of other Americans must share your broader world perspective, of course.

    What the post-9/11 world needs is more people like you. I don’t feel that you’re belittling 9/11 in any way. However, it can be hard to introduce a voice of reason in a time of frenzied nationalism. Good luck!

  7. Jeff says:

    Oh good grief. “Natalie Maines”? I don’t see how you bear the least resemblance. I mean, she has breasts. And is kinda chunky. Oh yeah, and she’s a woman. But I guess beyond that, though, maybe.

  8. Andy Butler says:

    Well said. If you like reading, “A Problem from Hell” is a great book about genocide. You’re great. I love your blog.

  9. Only Connect says:

    The “about me” thing made me smile. I will, for the sake of my amusement, choose to believe that actually happened.

  10. Nelz says:

    Well maybe you [those who have lost family members and friends at the Trade Center] should, Emily. 9/11 DOES seem paltry compared to abuses and evils done to the rest of humanity worldwide.

    ‘About time you guys wake up….

  11. Anonymous #7 says:

    I really love your juxtapositions… among other of your ‘positions’. 😉

  12. Patrick M says:

    If you don’t have feelings for people close to you, how can you have true compassion for those further away?

    Or are you really just channeling Karen from “Will and Grace”?


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