In which I encounter a few surprises
Bonni Benstock Intall, the Holocaust-denying Nazi at BareNakedIslam, lives in New York. So given her views on all things Islamic (and plenty more that are connected with Islam only in her damaged brain) it's scarcely a surprise that she should obsess more than most Americans over the September 11th 2001 terror attacks. this year she posted no fewer than 13 separate posts on the subject. A quick run-down is actually instructive in many ways, not all of them to her detriment: and of course she;s hardly alone among career Islamophobes in turning a day of remembrance into a (thoroughly un-Christian and un-Jewish) hatefest.
I'll list the posts from top to bottom, ie newest to oldest, as they follow no special sequence. All posts appear on 11 September 2001.
Banned by the U.S. media, this should be required viewing for every adult and child over 12.
Bonni shows here her usual ghoulish fascination with videos of violent death. It's the usual video footage of people jumping from the WTC. If the footage (eight minutes of it) was "banned by the US media" it seems unlikely any of it would have been so widely aired around the world. I expect, though, the even the Muslim-bashing sensationalists who run the likes of Fox News balked at airing footage of people's deaths when the jumpers relatives would be viewing. But who would go to Bonni for good taste or sensitivity?
9/11: THE MUSLIM RESPONSE
Palestinians were dancing in the streets on 9/11.
Well, let's see. For the response of American Muslims see here and here. The second of those links also covers responses from the wider Islamic world, as does this one. Points especially worth noting are (a) all the leading groups of American Muslims such as CAIR and MPAC (the ones Bonni always describes as typical) immediately and unequivocally condemned the attacks (b) Muslim leaders all around the world, with the sole exception of Saddam Hussein, condemned the attacks: there were candle-lit vigils in Iran, a minute's silence held in Teheran's football stadium, and even the Taleban's leaders condemned them.
As for the Palestinians, Yasser Arafat (leader of Fatah) and the leader of Hezbollah condemned the attacks. The leader of Hamas didn't exactly condemn them but said he could see no point in them. Meanwhile, at least some of the "street celebrations" appear to have been staged for the cameras in an otherwise deserted part of Jerusalem. Some may have been genuine, but they clearly received no support from the Palestinian authorities.
Islamic Cleric defends the attacks of 9/11 saying, “America Deserved It.”
If the best Bonni can do is find a self-described "cleric" in Britain several years after the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, she' not trying hard enough. How about these self-described "clerics" only two days after the attacks, saying that America deserved what it got, that it was God's punishment for its wicked promiscuity, feminism and homosexuality? Or are American "Christians" allowed to say things forbidden to British "Muslims"? And while Israel's Ariel Sharon expressed horror at the attacks at the time, his successor Benjamin Netanyahu said in 2008 that Israel had benefited from them.
I guess Bonni must just have run out of space for all that fact-based stuff.
9/11: MELISSA DOI TO 911 OPERATOR “OH MY GOD! IT'S SO HOT, I’M BURNING UP.”
911 Operator does her best to try and calm a panicked Melissa Doi right before the tower she was in fell.
Nothing to complain about here really: a bit tasteless but I dare say similarly tragic clips were getting a lot of airplay this week.
9/11: CANINE FIRST RESPONDERS
A tribute to the unsung canine heroes of 9/11.
I realise this just goes with Bonni's obsession with the welfare over animals over that of people (funny, I thought that was supposed to be a British trait) but this is rather a nice post actually. I hadn't seen the clips before, or read the NY Post piece. It seems to take the benign influence of dogs to get Bonni to post anything substantial which isn't dripping with hatred.
9/11: BETTY ONG, AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANT, AND HER LAST 8 MINUTES ABOARD DOOMED FLIGHT 11
9/11: UNITED FLIGHT 93 WAS FORCED DOWN IN SHANKSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA
9/11 “I CAN BARELY BREATHE. I CAN'T SEE. I’M NOT READY TO DIE. PLEASE HURRY, I HAVE YOUNG KIDS.”
A few more clips of phone conversations from those about to die.
9/11: DEBUNKING THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES USING SCIENTIFIC SIMULATIONS
Or as I put it the other day, THE BLOODY THINGS FELL DOWN. Good clips here though.
9/11: THE CLYDESDALES' TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN SPIRIT, ONLY SHOWN ONE TIME
Never Forget: The Islamic world gave us the terrorists who did this and the terrorists did this for Islam.
We have Clydesdales here (hell, they COME from Scotland) but I didn't know what the connection was to New York until the Budweiser logo came up at the end. Don't think Islam gave us Bud though (though whoever turned the decent Czech original into the watery American piss must have been anti-American). And "the terrorists did this for Islam"? Well, that would have been as much news to them as to the rest of us. Obviously horses, splendid though the Budweiser ones are, don't have the tempering effect on Bonni's spouting of egregious bollocks that dogs do.
9/11 THE FALLING MAN STORY
The full story about the falling man that the media chose to ignore, and still refuse to acknowledge.
Another piece of voyeuristic stuff, though in this case produced by some group rather sinisterly called "Wunderwaffen". I fear that at 73 minutes 48 seconds I shall file it under "The full story of the falling man that nobody especially gave a crap about", rightly or wrongly.
Actually, all this concentration on a guy jumping (though I realise it was only to avoid a more painful alternative) reminded me of the scene in Larry Niven's Oath of Fealty, where prospective suicides who make it to the roof of an eight-mile-high building find that at the only access to the edge there is....a diving board. And I'd forgotten that scene altogether until now. Probably not what "Wunderwaffen" intended.
9/11 BOATLIFT: “A hero is a man who does what he can”
Sadly, not many people know about these unsung heroes of 9/11.
9/11: WHERE WAS GOD?
Creating the world from microsecond to microsecond, towers, Pentagon, hijackers, jumpers and all. Where did you expect him to be? Malibu?
Actually, the God in the video, as well as execrable taste in background music (Simon & Garfunkel made far better use of "Silent Night") seems to have been as voyeuristic as Bonni, mostly busy watching people dying (and President Bush of course). It was a nice touch, though, for him to be in every seat of all four aircraft: as a non-judgmental God, just getting on with creating the world, of course he was with the hijackers too. (If one prefers a more orthodox approach, he might have been waiting for the looks of horror on their faces when they emerged in heaven to discover that in fact their sins had been redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus and that they're welcome to stick around for a few cold ones: or if they're determined to be assholes about it, to be shown the exit.)
9/11: LAST PHONE CALLS FROM THE TOWERS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Most of these calls have never been heard by the public. These are the voices of the people who knew they were going to die within minutes. These are their stories and the last memories that the survivors will ever have. God bless them.
There's a reason why most of the calls haven't been heard by the public, not should they be. Bonni may not have noticed, but over here we've had a lot of people getting very cross about journalistic phone-hacking, and this seems perilously close to that. Yecch.
So there we are. Obsessed, yes, but with only one post and a bit of a title actually dripping hatred, a couple of well-deserved tributes, a slapping around for the 9/11 truthers (good to know that there are some conspiracy theories too wacky for even the Obama-is-a-Muslim, Muslims-hate-America Bonni to believe in). Mostly just showing a ghoulish obsession with audio and video of people about to die, like a latter-day tricoteuse knitting as the tumbrils roll by. I must say I'd expected worse: Pamela Geller's blog for 11 September, for example, scarcely mentions the terrorist attack eleven years earlier. Mostly it's filled with advertising for the conference of international neofascists (including Britain's own brownshirt thug Tommy Robinson) which Geller and her cronies were putting on in New York, plus a list of fallen US servicemen (all well and good but not relevant to the anniversary).
Life's like that, isn't it? I started out this post fully intending to skewer Bonni for her 9/11 obsession: but have ended up realising that I'd rather have a Nazi who at least honours the dead (and who in doing so diverts some of her hatred into less harmful channels) than one for whom remembrance just gets in the way of the important business of stamping out divergent opinions.
If I weren't off the booze just now (tooth abscess: antibiotics) I might even raise a glass to Ms Benstock Intall. And how often does that happen?