An Open Letter to Rudy Giuliani
Hello Mr. Giuliani,
By now most of us have heard your recent comments regarding the record of terrorist attacks in this country contrasted between two presidential administrations; that of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. You claimed, somewhat clumsily, that there were no terrorist attacks on US soil while George W. Bush was in office. Some have argued that you forgot, conveniently or otherwise to mention 9/11 itself, but That attack doesn't concern me.
What concerns me is the attack on the El Al ticket counter at LA International Airport in 2002. What concerns me is the D.C. Sniper whose killings were certainly being treated like terrorism at the time by both the media and law enforcement. What concerns me is the series of anthrax letters sent to journalists and government officials just weeks after the 9/11 attacks. And what concerns me most of all is the drastic shift in how these attacks have been acknowledged (or not) and percieved by you and your party, the media and much of the public.
While these things were happening the govenment and their proxies in the press had no problem whatsoever labeling all of these things and more as terrorism. It wasn't difficult to see why. When the public was so distracted, so paralyzed with fear by these incidents, they didn't complain when their civil rights were being eroded. They didn't complain when their nation dove headlong into war on false pretenses. They didn't complain when Lockheed-Martin and Halliburton were busily pillaging the national treasury.
But today the idea that there were many terror attacks, post 9/11, on George W. Bush's watch doesn't suit the party narrative, so like Winston Smith sliding news clippings into the incinerator, history is erased so that it can be re-written in whatever fashion is necessary to serve the political goals of the moment.
I understand how you can make such a claim as you did, considering your target audience. But there are those of us with longer and clearer memories. For us, you cannot simply claim that an event is terrorism one day and then claim that they were not terrorism another day, even if those two days are fifteen years apart.
Well, you can claim it, but you can't claim it without being called on your bullshit.