At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, terrorists destroyed a hijacked plane by crashing it into the north tower of the World Trade Center. At 8:41 a.m. on September 11, 2011, former Enron adviser Paul Krugman destroyed whatever was left of his reputation. "Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?" Krugman began his post on the New York Times website. "Actually, I don't think it's me, and it's not really that odd."
Of course the commemorations were subdued. Some of the victims of 9/11 were children, and most of the adults were in the prime of life. In the normal course of events, they would still be with their loved ones 10 years later. Thus the anniversary rituals recalled losses that were sudden and that remain immediate. Ecclesiastes teaches that "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…a time to mourn and a time to dance." Americans danced in May, when Osama bin Laden was finally killed, but September 11 was a time to mourn.
That's not what Krugman had in mind. For him, it is never time to be silent and always time to hate: