Monday, September 17, 2007

9/11 Used for Politics

Letter Published in Sept. 17, 2007 Issue of USA Today

Steve Charing - Clarksville, Md.

USA TODAY's story "Is 9/11 becoming just another calendar date?" raises interesting points regarding how Americans now view the tragic events of that terrible date six years later.

While I suspect an overwhelming number of people from all over the world will never stop empathizing with the 9/11 victims' loved ones, many have soured on how the tragedy has been exploited for political purposes.

Not only did President Bush and Vice President Cheney falsely use the attacks as one of the rationales to launch the needless war in Iraq, but the Republicans also exploited 9/11 shamelessly during the 2002 and 2004 election campaigns.

They succeeded in trashing opponents by pumping fear into the hearts and minds of the American people. Now, listening to the current crop of GOP candidates for president, it appears the misuse of the tragedy will continue on as the pages of the calendar turn.

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