On his aptly named website The Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman posted a piece this morning entitled The Years of Shame, noting that the commemorations of 9/11 being held today are “oddly subdued.”
I cannot myself fathom anyone should think this odd. The commemoration of an act of mass murder is not ordinarily an occasion for joy and hilarity. If it were not subdued, it would be very odd, indeed. But, of course, Krugman will not allow common sense, a sense of propriety, or even shame to get in the way of his making a partisan point.
You see, he thinks that we are and ought to be ashamed of ourselves. The absence of joy and hilarity all makes sense, he explains, if one sees it from his point of view:
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
“The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned,” Krugman concludes. “It has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.” Then, he remarks, “I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.”
It strikes me that on this morning, of all mornings, Krugman should have exercised some self-restraint – for obvious reasons. If the memory of 9/11 has been poisoned, it might have something to do with the partisan game played by Krugman, those on the anti-war left, and leading Democrats in the years following our overthrow of the terrorist regime in Iraq. Krugman’s website is a reminder that being a liberal today means that you can dispense with having a conscience, that you know no shame, and that you need never say that you are sorry.
Krugman will not allow you to comment on his website. I invite you to do so here. But, before you do, you might want to read what Mark Steyn has to say. It will not cheer you up.