It has come to our attention that this year the City of New York is planning to commemorate 9/11 by playing the French national anthem. At 2pm sharp, at Ground Zero and all over New York's five boroughs, dozens of local bands will be playing "La Marseillaise" in honor of France's contribution to the War on US Imperialism. Technically, the bands have been booked to play "All You Need Is Love" which begins with "La Marseillaise" (from the Beatles' psychedelic Yellow Submarine album and cartoon) - a choice made by Commissioner Kelly's wife who's in charge of the musical part of the project.
The City officials are expected to be joined by a large "9/11 Truth" peace rally which is in part sponsored by Yoko Ono, who has written a testimonial haiku poem for the occasion and is donating a number of materials promoting her current world tour exhibition, "Imagine Peace." A large march is also expected on Sept. 10 at Ground Zero, with the purpose of distributing Yoko Ono's promotional posters, buttons, placards, and fliers - as well as to heckle George W. Bush who is scheduled to speak there.
Armed with these facts we went out into the street to see what New Yorkers had to say about that.
|"All You Need Is Love" and "La Marseillaise" is a tasteful mix of struggle for peace with anti-Americanism, which in my progressive book is the same thing.|
All nations are inherently good and peaceful - except Americans who are inherently evil and violent. Therefore, to achieve world peace we must destroy the United States. Once the US is wiped off the face of the earth, eternal peace will ensue among nations never to be broken again, ever. People will finally be able to celebrate their differences and cooperate peacefully - gays, Muslims, union workers, and people of color - like they used to live before America started to oppress everybody. I know it because my social studies teacher said so.
|Excellent choice of music. Absolutely. "All You Need Is Love." Either that, or an instant overnight 1700 ft. office block erector kit to fill this gigantic hole that's been sitting here for five freaking years, you know what I'm saying?|
|How about Yoko Ono takes her music to Waziristan where Al-Qaeda is, and see if she gets any converts there. If they sing along, hey, I'm all for love and smooching. But if they don't, who are we kidding by playing "All You Need Is Love" at Ground Zero?|
|Love is hardly something normal people would feel while being incinerated by jet fuel inside a collapsing building, but what do I know? I have the courage to enter a burning structure and rescue people from sure death - I just don't have the courage to confront Commissioner Kelly's wife about that music stuff.|
|I'm not so sure that "Love" was on the mind of NYPD officers as they were being crushed by the tons of burning concrete, but hey, who am I compared to Yoko Ono?|
|Forget love. All you need is good anti-terrorism laws, and a President who follows through with his promise to hunt down and kill terrorists so we don't have to jump down to death from a hundredth floor of a burning skyscraper. All you need is security agencies that care about our right to live more than about the right of a terrorist not to be offended by profiling. All you need is a Patriot Act to be in place 13 years earlier when the World Trade Center was first bombed by the same terrorists. All you need is Air Force, and Army with its Infantry and Armored divisions, and Marines, and Navy! All you need is for all the stupid turncoat idiots out there to shut up and let the grown-ups do the job of protecting the country. That is all you need right now. Then you can have all the love you want, what do I care?|
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