Questions were being raised Wednesday about where the funds from a 9/11 rally in Anchorage, AK featuring Glenn Beck and Sara Palin will be going. Tickets for the event are selling for between $73 and $130, while tickets including a "meet & greet" are going for $225. Beck and Palin had appeared together last month at Beck's Restoring Honor in Washington D.C. at which no tickets were sold. On the website of the conservative American Spectator magazine, writer Jeffrey Lord commented, "Unless every single dime of this event after expenses is going to a 9/11 charity or some such, whoever came up with this idea and let it out there without a massive PR explanation that the money is not for Beck or Palin should be, well, let's start with horsewhipped." But an open letter signed by family members of 9/11 victims called any such "inappropriate and disrespectful to all of us who see 9/11 as a day outside of politics." Meanwhile Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, in an interview with the Associated Press, called on Beck to denounce the planned 9/11 burning of hundreds of copies of Quran by Florida preacher Terry Jones. (The A.P. observed that Beck had already done so, saying that the Quran-burning will sadden "our good Muslim friends" and make "the battle that they face inside their own communities even harder.") The politicizing of 9/11 has become a heated topic on TV news programs and newspaper editorials abroad, which suggest that they are doing the opposite of restoring honor to the U.S. An article by Gregor Peter Schmitz, the Washington correspondent for Germany's Der Spiegel , appearing today (Thursday), is headlined "Terror Anniversary Becomes American Day of Hate."

09/09/2010