Sept. 11 is not an issue of Republican or Democrat or Conservative or Liberal or Anarchist -- it is an issue of Truth. The truth of Sept. 11, it seems very likely, is an ugly one for many people, in which governments kill their own citizens to gain control and make profit. The heinous crimes committed by the U.S. in other countries can be, and were, repeated on "American soil". There's nothing special about us. That's not something people want to believe, though, apparently. But no matter how much you wish something true but unpleasant to be not true, it will not change; it will still be true. The truth exists outside superficial political delinations and independent of our own individual egos and inability (or lack of desire) to see beyond the narrowness of our social structures and everyday lives. |
The Left has proven over and over again, by its inaction and through its attacks on those who do act, that it is afraid of the truth and unwilling to face a world in which Leftist assumptions must be challenged. The Left's response to Sept. 11 is a big part of why i no longer consider myself a leftist or a liberal. It has become clear through the issue of Sept. 11 (and through other issues) that the mainstream Left is just another racket that does what it needs to do in order to sustain itself. Knowledge of a deep kind, or change of a significant scale, would break up that racket, and force people to live differently. i want to embrace that knowledge and grow with that change, but i see now that the Left is not there to support me in that.
Fortunately, other individuals also feel the same way. The neat box of Leftism that the Nation, etc., try to create will not contain us. We are seeking the answers outside of it. To others still trying to live inside of that box, i say, "C'mon out! Seek the truth! Let's really change the world!"
One post-script thank you: Portland Indymedia has been one of the exceptions to the rule when it comes to leftist media and Sept. 11. This website has provided a forum for questions and theories, and even has a special section for it. In this way, by breaking from the traditional Left, it seems like Portland Indymedia has gained a bigger, more diverse audience, one that is willing to live outside the strictures of Left and Right. That's great to see. Keep up the awesome work!