Today at work I noticed a NY Times Op-Ed piece pinned to the bulletin board in the break room with “very interesting”written on it. The title, Bush’s Dangerous Liaisons, caught my eye. The article compares the post 9/11 Bush era to the political atmosphere directly after the famous French Revolution. Towards the end the article states:
Insisting that their partisan views were identical to the national will, believing that only they could save France from apocalyptic destruction, Jacobins could not conceive of legitimate dissent. Political opponents were treasonous, stabbing France and the Revolution in the back.
I found this article to be incredibly insightful. The French Revolution has a reputation as being a great step forward in creating democratic states where all citizens are equal yet this article sheds light on a time when any kind of criticism of the new power structure meant criticism of the Revolution which meant you went to the Guillotine.
The author, FRANÇOIS FURSTENBERG, goes on to write,
If the French Terror had a slogan, it was that attributed to the great orator Louis de Saint-Just: “No liberty for the enemies of liberty.” Saint-Just’s pithy phrase (like President Bush’s variant, “We must not let foreign enemies use the forums of liberty to destroy liberty itself”) could serve as the very antithesis of the Western liberal tradition.
It does seem that Bush has used 9/11 to conduct an agenda and if you question that agenda you are disrespecting all those innocent people who died in the World Trade Center. This whole rhetoric of spreading Freedom has really got to go.
This article also reminded me of a conversation I recently had with one of my friends who believes 9/11 was a crime committed by the US government and the entire explanation blaming Al-Queda is just a theory. Who knows? What are your thoughts??