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This week we have another guest article by Dan McNeil, he wrote this to his e-mail subscribers late last year, around October.
When rich and famous Robin Williams killed himself last month, it was quite a shock.
But each year at this time, the suicides that really strike home are the ones that occurred 13 years ago when the 9/11 suiciders struck.
At the time, the talk show Politically Incorrect, hosted by Bill Maher, was a late night staple on ABC. A few days after 9/11, Maher mocked George Bush for calling the terrorists cowards. Maher proclaimed “the terrorists stayed with the plane and died. Say what you like, that was an act of bravery.”
I mean what I say, and say what I mean. It’s called personal integrity!
Immediately, Bill’s viewers stopped viewing, advertisers stopped adding, and Bill’s ratings plummeted.
With his show winding slowly downward in a blazing, kamikaze death spiral, Bill banzaied his way onto every talk show in town, kissing butts, backtracking, and apologizing.
Clearly, Bill’s idea of personal ‘bravery’ didn’t extend to his own suicide, at least not of the career sort. It was, however too late. ABC cancelled the show.
But the question remains an interesting one. Was the suicide of the 9/11 hijackers an act of bravery?
Of course not! What are you—nuts?
Two years before 9/11, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School with submachine guns and slaughtered a dozen defenseless kids. Then, just like the 9/11 killers, they committed suicide.
So, by Bill Maher’s standards, this made the Columbine massacre a courageous act.
It’s exactly the same thing.
In both cases, losers with massive ‘the world done me wrong’ chips on their shoulders, decided the best way to become famous and get revenge for being completely irrelevant, was murder some innocents, then kill themselves.
And they got what they wanted. We still talk about these morons to this day.
The 9/11 killers even got a dullard television host to lecture all of us lesser hicks that slaughtering thousands of people and committing suicide was courageous and worthy of admiration.
And if you ever catch Maher’s rescued show on HBO, you’ll find him still insisting that all the truly smart people agree with him.
Fortunately, I can resolve this silly issue right now.
With us now—drumroll here—, is famous mass murderer, and this issue’s special back-from-the-dead guest commentator—
Osama Bin Laden.
Settle this for us, Osama. Say something wise and heroic to make it all clear. Or what the heck—just say something memorable for all your fans.
Thanks, babe, way to keep it real. Stay frosty.
Dan McNeil, Owner/Operator
Cartridge World on Campbell