The White House is “guiding” us on how we remember the victims of 9/11/01 and the affects of that day on America. Terrorist attacks have happened all over the world. We are to acknowledge that. September 11, 2001 was not a uniquely American experience. We are to remember that al-Qaeda has committed these atrocities against other countries, “from Mumbai to Manila.” The goal is to set the “tone” for how remembrances will be handled across our Nation. No prayer, no firefighters or first responders, but plenty of politicians from Washington, D.C. to our tiniest towns, from sea-to-shining-sea, who will “shape” the conversation, following administration guidelines. And according to The New York Times, there will be little conversation about al-Qaeda because Osama bin Laden is now dead, other than the reminder that the leader of the World, the “one we waited for,” Barack Obama, allowed our military to take him down. The tenants of Islam will be absent as well.
The guidelines say the absence of Al Qaeda playing any significant role in the “Arab Spring” uprisings against longtime autocrats in the Middle East and North Africa should be cited as evidence that Bin Laden’s organization “represents the past,” while peaceful street protesters in Egypt and Tunisia “represent the future.” Left unsaid was that many of the deposed leaders were close American allies and partners in counterterrorism operations. ~ New York Times
Left unsaid is the domination of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab Spring.
The White House in recent days has quietly disseminated two sets of documents. One is framed for overseas allies and their citizens and was sent to American embassies and consulates around the globe. The other includes themes for Americans here and underscores the importance of national service and what the government has done to prevent another major attack in the United States. That single-page document was issued to all federal agencies, officials said.
After weeks of internal debate, White House officials adopted the communications documents to shape public events and official statements, and they sought to strike a delicate balance between messages designed for these two very important but very different audiences on a day when the world’s attention will be focused on President Obama, his leadership team and his nation.
The guidelines list what themes to underscore — and, just as important, what tone to set. Officials are instructed to memorialize those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and thank those in the military, law enforcement, intelligence or homeland security for their contributions since.
Despite Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there will be prayer, there will be remembrances of how we died and why we died on September 11, 2001. We will remember our firefighters, police and all the first responders, many of who were on the scene for months attempting to locate the remains left behind by Islamic doctrine and the rantings of radical imams.