Back a few years ago two brothers had the demented idea that setting off a couple of shrapnel bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line was a good idea. Their family were Muslim refugees from the Caucasus region. This was their idea of a fitting thanks for being taken in. While the police hunted these two maniacs down in the Eastern Massachusetts environs, the Media and the Democrats in Massachusetts state and local government and then President Obama immediately started using the expression Boston Strong. It was meant to imply that Boston not only was too strong to let death and maiming disturb them but also that only weaklings would blame Muslims for wanting to blow them up. It was a bizarre proposition. I was trying to understand if it was beneath their dignity to try to prevent a recurrence of the bombing. Would that be a sign of weakness?
Now we have New York City doing their best impression of Boston Strong. New York Strong. Just go about your business. Attend the Halloween parade. If you think terror attacks are unacceptable then the terrorists win. Just shake it off. No plan from the Mayor or Governor for keeping New Yorkers safe from a recurrence. No mention that the killer was a known threat. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Business as usual. Just the price to pay for enjoying ethnic foods and all that great diversity. No one’s to blame (except maybe Trump for riling up these good people). The Muslim Mayor of London has taken it a step further and declared that terror attacks are just business as usual in a with-it cosmopolitan place like London. Kind of like expensive parking.
And of course the candlelight vigils and the celebrity condolences. And big stars too! Taylor Swift, Jared Leto, Patricia Arquette, Josh Groban, David Harbour, Bette Midler, Josh Gad, Zoe Saldana, Sam Smith, Will Arnett. Wow, star power.
And most impressive, a message from Boy George: “God bless you New York. You are a strong, vibrant, multicultural city and nothing will ever bring you down! My heart is with you!” Well that’s a relief. If Boy George’s heart is with us, there can’t be anything really too wrong with the current situation. Maybe this is really a good thing in disguise. We’re not only strong but vibrant and multicultural. Of course, the multicultural thing does make me think about the Uzbeki contingent. Maybe we should look at that part again. No, no that’s badthink.
I remember about sixteen years ago New York wasn’t feeling too strong to want a little payback. But that was back before Obama and Bloomberg re-educated the City on who was really responsible for that attack. It was all those ignorant yahoos who were clinging to their guns and God. They annoyed those peaceful adherents to the religion of peace. Back then even dyed in the wool pacifists like Maureen Dowd were happy to see George Bush would protect America from attack and in fact would retaliate against Al Qaeda.
Full disclosure, I was born and spent the first thirty years of my life in New York City. I still have family there. When the 9/11 attacks ocurred I was outraged to a degree that is hard to explain. And I was proud of the City and the Country for the way they responded to the crisis. Giuliani and Bush responded extremely admirably and with great competency.
I don’t think there is anything left in New York City that could react to a real attack now. Looking at the tepid response to this latest attack I’m guessing if the Freedom Tower was brought down by a terrorist attack that New York Strong would mean putting a tarp up over the rubble and a rezoning action to prevent any other tall building from being erected to tempt the purveyors of peace. And of course, Boy George would send a strong, vibrant, multicultural tweet.