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Brian Cork: Seven Years Ago

September15

I am still thinking about 9/11 today – even as my neighbors are resolutely getting past it.

I heard the words first spoken by Keith Sciulli:

“Hey, did you hear, a plane hit the World Trade Center.”

We walked together over to Rudy’s office to watch CNN.

Interestingly, in the days leading up to “the attack” /1,  I had been indulging myself with a running debate with Sam over “Contention and Conflict in Modernity.”

As the magnitude of what had happened – and, what was happening still, became clear, I went home – just in case I got “the call”.

I stopped at the Hwy 9/ Mansell Starbucks for an Ice Vente Chai.  I saw a few other pals there – Bill, Michael and Peter –  and, of course, talk went right to “the attack”.  Bill wanted the U.S. to go blow things up; Peter wanted us to respond “systematically and carefully.”

NOTE: It wasn’t yet clear that this was a foreign attack, and Michael noted that our last actual act of domestic terrorism was the product of a far-right militia (Oklahoma City).

It remains interesting to me that 9/11 is marked by time, whereas Oklahoma City is marked by place.

To be sure, the dreadful attacks of 9/11 did change history and American, as well as the world, culture and politics.  But they did so because of the discursive growth they produced.  As Foucault teaches us, discourse grows up around wounds in the same way scar tissue does, and in this case we’ve experienced an autoimmune disorder. The scar is now the bigger problem, and honoring the original wound should mean reinvigorating a commitment to democracy, human rights, freedom… All the things it hasn’t meant in the last seven years.

I made an extra donation to the Library of Congress this morning in honor of the thousands who died on 9/11/01, and the unspeakable torture, death, and waste that the authoritarian reaction has brought.

Ironically, Big Brother looms ever nearer and more ominous thanks to terrorists – or, George Bush – possibly their most unwitting foil.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ Just say the words: “The Attacks”, and people will always know what you mean.  It’s now part of our national psychosis.

Justice through good natured Armageddon

June24

We keep hearing talk of bringing alleged terrorists to justice through our national judicial system.

Why not?  It worked during our own American Revolution – right?

Wait…  Those terrorists were our Founding Fathers.

Let’s take a different route to indulge my cynical sense of humor…

We keep wanting to try someone for the events leading up 9/11.  And, we have some people in custody that might have been involved.

Currently, I think many people are letting their anger get the best of them.  If I’ve learned anything in my life, it’s that when you’re dealing with a crisis, the worst thing you can do is let your emotions run wild.  To react rashly will only exacerbate the problem in the long run.

Rather than be blinded by our collective anger, we must keep a cool head and, after careful consideration of the many complex social and geopolitical factors at work here, annihilate the pieces of shit who did this with good natured, measured, and focused rage.

Let’s also keep in mind that we still don’t know with absolute certainty who is responsible for the attacks of 9/11. What we need is rock-solid, convincing rumors before we can move forward with vaporizing the bastards.

I agree that the perpetrators must be punished severely. But, contrary to what so many knee-jerk, blood-lusting American citizens would like to believe, merely capturing and punishing terrorists will not prevent this sort of thing from happening again in the future.  No, they must be tried and convicted in a United States court of law, so that President Bush can, on live television, pump bullet after bullet into their bodies, starting with their feet, and slowly working his way up. Then, after a great deal of soul-searching and consultation with his top advisors, the president must toss their lifeless, bullet-riddled bodies into a shark tank.

I must also respond to the many voices in this country who have been calling for the use of nuclear weapons. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD’s) are not to be used lightly. Much thought and caution must be exercised before making the entire country that spawns, or offers safe haven, to the perpetrators an unlivable radioactive wasteland.

Many say that using a nuclear weapon on the nations that harbor such sub-human filth would be rash and irresponsible.  To which Vice President Cheney might say:

“Why use a nuclear weapon when we have hundreds of perfectly functional tactical missiles just sitting there in our nation’s silos?”

…Should nuclear weapons be used?  The question, really, is how many should be used, and is Cheney the one that gets to push the buttons?

Vigorous debate and discussion must precede any inevitable decision regarding target locations and the number of weapons. This is one area where you absolutely don’t want to make a mistake.

We must remember that impulsively lashing out is never the best course of action. True justice can only be achieved through cool, calm, levelheaded armageddon.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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