I know you are saying this in response to someone else but I would like to interject here. And what I am going to say is not directed at you but in general to anyone reading this. No one should have a monopoly on 9/11. No one should have the right to dictate who deserves to feel suffering about a particular event and on what terms. On the other hand, people do deserve respect for the way that they feel about a certain event, such as 9/11, and the sort of childish provocation that this thread is about shows the opposite of that respect. A discussion about whether Americans lack empathy for others or whether they deserve sympathy or whether they have a myopic view of world events is one thing. I think that's a perfectly valid discussion. Getting there by pretending to care about another tragic event in an intentional effort to provoke an emotional response by people who you know will be provoked (i.e. trolling) is different. It's juvenile. There are people whose families died on that day 11 years ago. If you're mom or dad or brother or sister was murdered 11 years ago and some goofball on an internet forum starting making light of that murder how would you feel? For an American, that wound is still open. It's fresh. I still cannot re-watch footage of the planes hitting the towers on that day. If I think about it too much I still get choked up. That day really affected me and my family and my friends, and even though I personally did not lose anyone close, it affected me in numerous other personal and significant ways that I am not going to talk about right now. I know it is the same way for almost all Americans. It still is a uniquely powerful day and a uniquely powerful memory for everyone--particularly in this country. I know it is fun to needle Americans about how stupidly American they are. But like this? Not cool. An OP like this will get angry responses. It deserves them. I'm not saying this with my mod hat on, I am saying this as a person asking for some understanding. And not necessarily to you Ziggy, but to anyone reading this. That's all I am going to say, because this whole thing riles me up a little bit.