READ THIS. I don’t know what else to say. Here’s the description of the essay: “My friend Tristin is the publicist at Lookout Records and the smartest person I know. One of her dearest and oldest friends was on American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11th. In the intensely grief-stricken aftermath, the indecent posturing of many spokesmen for the Left in America led her to embark on a serious self-examination and re-evaluation of her politics. She wrote a powerful and heartfelt letter about it, which she sent to all her friends and associates, and which got forwarded all over the place.

“A punk rock magazine, Punk Planet, asked to her to expand it into an article that they planned to run in their upcoming War on Terror issue. As it happens, the editors of Punk Planet killed the article, saying it was no longer ‘timely.’ That is their right, of course; but I’m skeptical about their explanation. Most likely they chickened out, worried that this ‘alternative’ view would not sit well with their usual crowd and its generally Michael Moore-ish view of the world. …The cover of the issue in question depicts a bomber and the word ‘why?’ Tristin’s essay is as solid and eloquent an answer as any of these people would be likely to come across and it’s a shame that most of them won’t.”

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