What constitutes a national tragedy? Obviously one aspect to a national tragedy is that a wide percentage of the population is affected. Another aspect would be the longitude of the tragedy: the longer people have to suffer it the more severe, unbearable it becomes. In this sense the Holocaust for Jews and Gypsies, WW2 for Russians, or the century of humiliation for the Chinese are obvious "national tragedies" (or "ethnic tragedies" in the case of Jews & gypsies, but you get the point).
So this is the thing. I don't think that in any meaningful sense 9/11 could be called a national tragedy for Americans, not to mention "THE" National Tragedy, as some try to portray it. Merely 0.001% of the population were killed in the incident and the event ended in a few hours. For comparison: not a single family in Russia was left unaffected by WW2 in one horrible way or another, and it went on for years.
Another thing is that 9/11 was retribution for the shit the USA has been doing for decades
in the Middle East. For me it seems like if the Roman Empire tried to make into a national tragedy of sorts the Spartacus uprising, like, nigga, just stop having slaves and shit like that won't happen to you, like stop bombing, dominating, couping, etc. the rest of the world and shit like 9/11 won't happen to you. Stop hitting yourself.
In a very real sense what actually made 9/11 a national tragedy to Americans is that it was a moment when reality first crept in to millions of burgers. For the first time they got a taste of what they have been doing for years on a daily basis to other people in the world. So yes, the real "national tragedy" of burgers is coping with reality, and it's still ongoing.
See the media campaign surrounding 9/11. It went on for years,
even in non-american countries. Of course it had to be used to justify attacking Afghanistan and Iraq. In this sense what instilled this idea that 9/11 was a national tragedy was constant media campaign used for political purposes.
Take a look at how the Russians or Chinese dealt with their national heroes who helped them end their national tragedy. They are glorified to this day, they get elderly care, etc. Now take a look at the supposed national tragedy of the burgers and their supposed heroes the 'first responders' – like dozens had to die because of lung damage and a lack of access to healthcare.
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