What are your first thoughts when you read the words, “To save America, we need another 9/11?” Stu Bykofsky of the Philadelphia Daily News concludes that another wave of attacks would lead to a kumbaya moment by bringing the nation together.“Is there any doubt they are planning to hit us again?” asks Bykofsky. “If it is to be, then let it be. It will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America’s righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail.”
Bykofsky provides us with a list of reasons why another wave of death would be in our best interest. He however makes a tactical error by beginning with a biased mindset and pressing a false premise. Bykofsky misses or disregards the most important fact and as a result, the proper conclusion eludes him. What do you say we look at the one clue he failed to explore, before we begin wishing for a new attack.
If the goal is to bring the nation together and to clearly define the enemy then we don’t need a new attack. We only have to go to the miles of horror footage from 9/11, bombings, be-headings, sniper attacks or just the basic carnage committed on a daily basis. You remember, the video that the news organizations won’t show to the public claiming that viewing such atrocities might upset public sensitivities. Perhaps a better reason for shelving the video is that such filmed events may not contain facts that can be easily manipulated into positive spin in order to meet certain political views.
Stu Bykofsky wishing for a new attack is folly. He suffers like many journalist in that they are always in need of a fresh kill. There must always be a constant spilling of new blood to keep those cameras and presses rolling. We may not be able to avoid an attack, but to wish for what amounts to murder reveals the lost nature of journalist and journalism.
Bykofsky closes by saying, “The unity brought by such an attack sadly won’t last forever. The first 9/11 proved that.”
Then why wish for another terrorist victory? News organizations are hiding the existing video that reveals Islamic brutality. Why? Journalist show poor judgment by calling for new attacks instead of demanding the existing videos be made public.