Originally Posted by Igotadose
Disagree. As someone that lived through 9/11 including knowing people killed in it, I'd be against being reminded of it as some sort of set of numbers to make Covid-19 deaths seem worse. 9/11 was really REALLY bad, watching the towers burn for days was bad, smelling it in downtown NYC was really bad.
Making political hay from it is really bad. We know. We remember.
I am not for a moment advocating any disrespect towards those who died in 9/11. Most people were impacted by that horror.
However, it serves as a reminder of how we felt as a result of that horror that has, thankfully not been repeated in terms of death toll in the US, although it has been repeated thousands of times in places like Iraq as a result of a failed revenge policy.
Many of us are living through Covid right now! I have elderly relatives in Florida who are just waiting for the axe to fall. Their generation is being decimated, as are younger minorities whose lives and health status leaves them highly vulnerable.
After 9/11 there were all kinds of inquiries and commissions to establish the full facts. People like yourself who were clearly affected demanded information on a slew of factors, not least of which was the culpability of the Government for failures in preparedness and in intelligence. The CIA/FBI knew about Bin Laden for years and absolutely failed to adequately manage his threat. And they were rightly called out on it and improvements were made. Indeed, whole swathes of normal life were upended after the enactment of the Patriot Act. Whole industries such as the TSA grew out of the response to 9/11.
So, I don't see at all why an acknowledged deliberate policy of downplaying the risk and actively undermining public health efforts to combat Covid and plan for its containment ought not to be compared with the most recent prior tragedy to befall Americans. To not draw such comparisons would be to dishonour all the un-necessary deaths that resulted from deliberate policies of this US President.