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Politics of Polarization

“Sept. 11 used to be a day when America came together—party politics took a backseat to reconciliation. The anniversary of the terrorist attacks this year threatens to become a day of hate.”

“It is a political landscape with no room for nuance. Anyone who exhibits tolerance is suspect—Obama’s apparent sympathy toward the Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero sparked immediate protests and the president quickly backpedaled. Obama’s advisors no longer want him to travel to New York on Sept. 11, so great is the concern that the president’s appearance could trigger further debates over the ‘mosque at Ground Zero.’ The politics of polarization have become stronger than acts of remembrance.”


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