Bill O'Reilly: More Controversy Over 9/11
By: BillOReilly.com StaffSeptember 13, 2011
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By Bill O'Reilly

Last week I didn't do much analysis on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack because it's a very emotional issue for me. Close friends of mine lost family members, and the neighborhood in which I live on Long Island suffered scores of casualties. So I wanted to low-key things last week.

But now some radical Muslims and radical-left Americans are insulting the memory of those lost on 9/11. In London, a bunch of Muslim extremists protested in Grosvenor Square:

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: USA, terror state.

CROWD: USA, terror state.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: USA, terror state.

CROWD: USA, terror state.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Freedom, go to hell.

CROWD: Freedom, go to hell.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Democracy, go to hell.

CROWD: Democracy, go to hell.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Down, down USA.

CROWD: Down, down USA.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Down, down USA.

CROWD: Down, down USA.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: USA, you will pay.

CROWD: USA, you will pay.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Muslims are on their way.

CROWD: The Muslims are on their way.

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Obviously that exposition is disgusting and troubling. We should not dismiss these crazy extremists. Even though they do not speak for the majority of Muslims around the world, they're still dangerous.

Back home some far-left pundits continue to blame America for the chaos in countries like Pakistan and Somalia. That's right, you pinheads. It's our fault that Pakistan is one of the poorest countries on Earth and their citizens continue to kill each other for absolutely no reason. Yeah, it's America's fault.

Also, some poisonous 9/11 rhetoric was on display. Far-left radical Paul Krugman, a columnist for The New York Times, wrote this on The Times blog:

"What happened after 9/11 ... was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani

and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. … The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it."

Mr. Krugman is truly a misguided individual, and I do not take anything he says seriously. He's angry because his liberal economic policies have failed dismally and the president he reveres is in deep trouble. So Krugman is acting out, insulting his country on the anniversary of 9/11. That is truly despicable.

And then there's former Times reporter Chris Hedges writing on another blog:

"Our brutality and triumphalism, the byproducts of nationalism and our infantile pride, revived the jihadist movement. ... We descended to its barbarity. We became terrorists, too."

So according to Hedges, we're as bad as the Al Qaeda killers.

The reason I am even pointing out the rantings of these far-left loons is that some of their more moderate confederates do not condemn the statements. I mean, The New York Times actually pays Krugman to spout this stuff. Yeah, we have freedom of speech, but there's also a responsibility in the journalistic and political communities, is there not?

Calling America a terrorist nation for aggressively defending itself is provocative in the extreme. All clear-thinking Americans should condemn it.

And that's "The Memo."

Pinheads & Patriots

Our pal Spike Lee sometimes does dubious stuff, but recently he produced a commercial for State Farm Insurance.

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UNIDENTIFIED GROUP (SINGING): In New York, where legends are made of. There's nothing you can't do now you're in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you. Let's hear it for New York.

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Excellent spot. Mr. Lee and State Farm are patriots for putting it together.

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Transcript Date: 
Mon, 09/12/2011
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O'Reilly Factor