September 8, 2003

More Steyn

I can barely blog fast enough to keep up with Mark Steyn columns. No this blog is not going to be an "all-Steyn-all-the-time" affair, but this one is priceless. Noting the new, revised Clintonian version of the Prokofiev story, Peter and the Wolf, in which Peter lets the wolf go free instead of caging it, Steyn draws the parallel to some folks' persistent attitude about terrorism, even two years after 9/11:

Two years after ''the day America changed forever,'' the culture is in thrall to the same dopey self-delusion it held on Sept. 10, 2001: There are no enemies, just friends we haven't yet apologized to.

And as to the TV networks' decision to ignore the 9/11 anniversary:

On the day itself, it was all too chaotic and unprecedented for the news guys to impose any one of their limited range of templates. For the first anniversary, they were back on top of things and opted to Princess Dianafy the occasion, to make it a day of ersatz grief-mongering, with plenty of tinkly piano on the soundtrack and soft-focus features about ''healing circles.'' That didn't go down too well, so this year they've figured it's easiest just to ignore it. The alternative would be to treat 9/11 as what it was -- an act of war -- and they don't have the stomach for that. War presupposes enemies, and enemies means people you have to kill, or at least stop, or at the very least be ever so teensy-weensily judgmental about. And, in an age when presidents rewrite ''Peter And The Wolf'' to end with Peter apologizing to the wolf, why should the network sob sisters be any tougher?

Posted by dan at September 8, 2003 12:52 PM