The "mosque" is a weapon of mass distraction, it is Congress flashing shiny things at us so we forget that they denied health care to 9/11 First Responders just weeks after giving themselves $4,500 yearly raises during the greatest economic crisis since the Depression. As Jon Stewart succinctly put it, I GIVE UP.
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I was working in Manhattan on 9/11, thankfully in mid-town. Even more thankfully, my bus never made it to the city that day. I grew up with the downtown skyline visible from my street, and when I was commuting there on the bus, the island burning like a cigarette in the mouth of a man before a firing squad greeted me every morning and every night. It made my stomach churn and heartburn filled my chest, for years after. And yet, I WANT a mosque there. I want Lady Liberty giving a defiant middle finger to Al Qaeda and everyone who fights their losing battle of ideas through violence against the innocent. I want them to tremble with the realization that our freedom and tolerance makes us stronger than their fear, lies and hatred can ever make their suicidal stooges. What better to stun them with, to swat them away like so many petulant gnats, than to show them that even when they slaughter 2800 of us and topple the greatest monuments to our economic might, that WE WILL STAND FAST AND NOT GIVE IN TO HATRED.
Now that would have the Saudis, the Wahhabists, al Qaeda and all our enemies trembling in their shit-caked boots. Our fear and hatred only makes them stronger.
© 2010 Tommy Salami