(RightWing.org) – On September 11 this year, it will be 20 years ago that Islamic terrorists struck on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in New York City, Washington, DC, and in a field in Shanksville, PA. It was one of the deadliest days in US history. Only Pearl Harbor comes close with 2,390 dying on that treacherous day after the Japanese attacked the US Navy base on December 7, 1941, launching the United States into World War II.
That’s why it’s so shocking for some families of the victims of 9/11 to hear Democrats and the media talk about the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill the way they do. One might think, listening to them, that no other event in US history rivals the trauma of that day. Many on the Left refer to the riot as an insurrection that led them to fear for their lives. Some workers and journalists say they were so traumatized on that day that they “survived” and refused to return to the Capitol building. Regardless of the emotions of that day, is it legitimate to compare January 6 to 9/11?
There Is No Comparison Between 9/11 and January 6
The irresponsible rhetoric coming from Democratic lawmakers since January 6 can only point to a few things. Either they are so stuck in their protective bubble that any level of insecurity is alarming to them, or they believe they are so important that society cannot function without them. In either case, there is no comparison between the two events.
One was an Islamic terrorist attack aimed at killing innocent Americans. Not only did Al Queda kill 3,000 Americans, but America also entered a two-decade war in Afghanistan and Iraq to eradicate terrorism. It changed how every American lived in some capacity, be it traveling on public transportation or what information the government collected about its citizens through the Patriot Act.
The other was an emotional moment of foolishness by a small number of citizens. They were upset with politicians who dismissed the concerns of millions of Americans regarding the conduct of the 2020 election in the middle of a pandemic. That doesn’t justify breaking into the Capitol building by some and threatening Democratic lawmakers with intimidation or violence. Six months later, only six people have been charged with a crime out of the thousands who were in Washington, DC that day.
As dramatic as the experience might have been for those working on Capitol Hill, it certainly doesn’t rise to the heated rhetoric of insurrection, and certainly not to comparisons to 9/11.
9/11 Families Speak Out
Some 9/11 families are now speaking out against Democrats who allege the Capitol riot was worse than 9/11. They told Fox News that the Democrats are going too far and dehumanizing their “families for political gain.” Others said it was a “deliberate ploy” to score political points. Retired New York Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches lost his son, a firefighter, on 9/11. He said the families he talked with are angry over the Democrats’ rhetoric and find it outrageous.
As younger Americans come of age, they won’t realize what happened on 9/11 or how it changed America. How could they? Life in America since then is all they know. Debra Burlingame’s brother died on American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. She said the Democrats are minimizing what happened on 9/11 by inflating January 6 as a comparison.
Joe Connor, who lost a cousin in the World Trade Center, said the Democrats are either ignorant or devious and clever.
Connor may be more right than he knows.
Modern Democrats enjoy a storied record of over sensationalizing, exaggerating, and all-out lying. A 2011 advertisement alleging Republicans would throw the granny from the cliff to save a few bucks seems mild in comparison to the Democrats of today.
Perhaps in the days to come, reason and sensibility will set in?
Don’t count on it.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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