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Which brings us back to our National Patriotic Splurge Week. It has a very clear purpose. As the nation "comes together in mourning" amidst the daily fare of 9-11 footage, the subtext is pounded home, especially to those Civics-class Americans: America is strong and democratic and on the side of good. The real question is the future: are we ready for the next attack? The important thing is to "move on."



And move on we will. Dwelling on problems is not in any case a terribly American thing to do. Just as in Spain, where the present accounting of the massacres committed by General Franco's forces in the 1936-39 Civil War has had to wait till the death of the dictator, in 1975, plus 35 years, and only then on the insistence of judges rather than the government, the 9-11 truth movement will have to wait many decades for even the most basic accounting of the event.



Short of revolution, that is. And if the American political class doesn't wake up and start caring for the nation and the people, they just might get it.



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