I sleep poorly at night. Soon, however, that giant sleeping pill, the 9/11 report, will be available for ingestion. Thank goodness! The theatrical release of this vital work of non-fiction, as highly anticipated and accurate as its sister document, Fahrenheit-9/11, will signal the end of the fun: calling reluctant witnesses, lambasting the well intentioned and harpooning technocrats, bureaucrats and other assorted types.
This living, breathing document will contain a veritable Garden of Eden of do’s and don’ts, rights and wrongs. Who cares what’s been buried deep within the report’s bowels or omitted entirely?
The report could not come at a better time-just before a
virulently divisive national election. Certainly, the document could be
purposefully designed to be fluff and nonsense. Ultimately though, we will learn
what we, the United States, did to deserve the attacks, which politicians were
responsible, what we can do to prevent so many people from being so darned angry
with us and why, on 9/11, my house painter’s 20 year old nephew was
incinerated as he was slammed in to a building. Fortunately, as a psychiatrist,
I received an advanced glimpse into the commission’s final lunacy:
1) We, the commission, feel really badly about 9/11.
2) We would like to first blame Osama Bin Laden for his
complicity in these horrific events. However, since he lives in a cave, he
cannot be held responsible for the actions of others. To that end, we have found
3) The Al-Qaeda network of terror (such a title is
offensive to all the other terrorists who did not target us on that day, so we
will refer to Al-Qaeda as “specific people of terror”) cannot be held
responsible. Like all “people of terror” they must have had their reasons.
Quite frankly, we are unable to pronounce any of their names. We blame fate.
4) Many have blamed radical Islam for 9/11's evil. We must point out, however, that Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, Zionists, Israelis, the American people and assorted other minorities have traditionally been blamed for the evils of the world. The world seems comfortable with that so why change it?
5) We would like to bring up the Church commission’s
findings in the late 1970’s with the resultant harnessing of the Central
Intelligence Agency. But that would deflect attention away from Usama Bin Laden
and “people of terror,” who cannot be held responsible anyway because they
live in caves and have unpronounceable names.
6) We feel compelled to answer questions about Jamie
Gorelick’s role in events leading up to 9/11. But quite frankly, we are
frightened of her. She has built an emotional wall between herself and the rest
of the commission members and cannot be reached.
7) Former President Clinton has been accused of inaction on
the terror front during his tenure. However, in our 957 page report,
corroborating sources placed George Bush’s operatives on the hijacked planes.
It has been learned that the president, although managing poorly with his own
language, can speak bits of Arabic! Mr. Bush has been known to utter the phrase
falafel on occasion. He was also a pilot in the National Guard. On the other
hand, an anonymous but credible e-mailer told us that Mr. Bush was responsible
for placing explosives in the garages of the World Trade Center on 9/11. It is
probably not true but we felt compelled to put it in the final draft for the
sake of diversity of opinion.
8) Prior to 9/11, Mr. Bush was seen taking photographs of
the World Trade Center but sources confirm that he was scouting out parachute
jump sights for his dad. We put this in the report because it is cool.
9) We cast blame at both the CIA and the FBI because it is
the hip thing to do and because everyone expects it.
11) Some of us think that the Pentagon was targeted due to
the “Pent”-up anger of others. As the symbol of American power and one of
the largest office buildings in the world, it was sort of asking for it.
12) We deemed the emergency response to this unprecedented, unimaginable, never before witnessed catastrophe...to be poor. So, emergency medical technicians, the police, firefighters, Former New York Mayor Giuliani, New York Governor Pataki and whoever the Governor of Pennsylvania was at the time, should be admonished (regardless, the guy who put his field in the path of the plane should take some responsibility). If there was a Mayor of the District of Columbia, we think he, too, should shoulder some of the blame.
13) Finally, regarding the deterrence of future attacks.
Here is our recommendation: prevention of another terror attack should be
strongly encouraged and stuff.
Wow! The report goes on to say that the commission members
incompetently hold themselves irresponsible for any role in these attacks, take
no responsibility for their pointless tirades and demand immunity from any sort
of prosecution. Some of them are partisan lawyers I guess. Well, I must admit, I
am a bit surprised with the commission’s findings. Who knew that President H.W.
Bush wanted to parachute off the World Trade Center?
Marcus J. Goldman, MD is a psychiatrist and author of “The Joy of Fatherhood.” His work has appeared in The Washington Times, Tech Central Station and The Boston Herald. Dr. Goldman is a Guest Writer for OpinionEditorials.com.
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