This Day Is Stained by Shame

What happened after the attacks was unforgivable: Paul Krugman
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2011 10:52 AM CDT
Paul Krugman: 9/11 Stained By Shame
In this Sept. 13, 2001 file photo, an American flag flies over the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings in New York.   (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser)

For many Americans, the 10th anniversary of September 11 comes shrouded in feelings of grief and loss, but the overwhelming emotion for Paul Krugman is shame. The "atrocity should have been a unifying event," but instead "fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror," blogs the New York Times columnist. "What happened after 9/11—and I think even people on the right know this—was deeply shameful."

And it's not just politicians to blame for the ensuing "unrelated war," writes Krugman: The national media, which "should have understood very well," instead "turned a blind eye" to the "hijacking of the atrocity." "The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for sham," he concludes. "And in its heart, the nation knows it." The full post is here. The Blaze and Hot Air have picked up Krugman's post, with the former calling it "stunning." (Read more Paul Krugman stories.)

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