I’m NOT Writing About 9/11 Today

Because everyone else is, I am not writing about 9/11 today; rather, I choose to write from another perspective.  In general, are we safer today than we were on September 10, 2001?

I do not pretend to know the answer to this question but my opinion is that we are NOT  safer than we were 14 years ago.

Right now, we have no leadership.  We seem to be more divided than we’ve ever been, at least since the Civil War.  From my purview, the way to defeat us is to weaken our leadership and create division that could breed anarchy.

Think we are not divided?  Think again.

Look at Ferguson and Baltimore.

Look at our politicians.  They have become a ruling class, who stick it to us whenever they can or whenever it serves the lobbyists and the people who funded their campaigns.   In many ways, it is us versus them as opposed to them working for us!

Look at the division in our beliefs on social issues.  We spend our time arguing about “gay marriage” and women’s reproductive rights and religious freedoms.  Don’t get me wrong, these are important issues, but, meanwhile, we face $20 trillion (and growing) in debt and $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

We are as unstable as ever and if we do not come together (like we were on 9/12/01) to fix the REAL problems this country faces, terrorist attacks will pale in comparison to the ultimate implosion we face.




6 thoughts on “I’m NOT Writing About 9/11 Today

  1. We are not safer. September 11 was used as an excuse to invade Iraq who had nothing to do with the attacks. That destabilized the country resulting in ISIS appearing. Saddam was a tyrant, but he wasn’t an immediate threat to other nations like ISIS is proving to be. Saddam might have been a barbarian, but his methods were probably required to keep the populace in check. Now we have an army of fanatics running amok beheading people.

    • Not sure I agree. We attacked Iraq because the intelligence then supported it. Most worldwide leaders agreed as did most politicians. We need a stable country in the middle east and we made great strides. Sadam need to go (like Hitler should have been in the 30s before he got out of control) and we were succeeding. Our early pull out strengthened ISIS and weakened Iraq once again. The army of fanatics have been around for 100s of years and did not simply pop up out of nowhere because we invaded Iraq.

      • The intelligence was fabricated to have an excuse to invade. Where are the weapons of mass destruction? Yes the fanatics have been there for hundreds of years, but they only managed to become a threat once Saddam was deposed and a replaced with a weak puppet government.

        Pulling out early certainly is a factor. Everyone is gung-ho about invading weedy nations who cannot protect themselves from air strikes (notice how genuine threats like Iran and North Korea don’t get attacked.) The stomach for a fight however disappears when soldiers begin to die policing the land that was invaded.

  2. You’ve covered a lot of ground here. Are we safer than in 2001?

    We’re never safe. Life is as it always is, full of perils.

    Division and lack of leadership? Yes indeed. We’re undergoing profound change. More and more people living in smaller spaces with less access to nature. Knowledge, if not wisdom, is spreading quickly. Much confusion and fear spurred by these changes. Division is a reflection of that confusion and fear. The wealthy are particularly afraid and trying to hoard resources, which will cause more division and fear.

    From it will come –? Who knows? There are many not in leadership positions, working together behind the scenes on problems in science, agriculture, technology, anthropology, literature, confronting the problems of the day in exciting ways.

    Debt? Camps are firmly drawn, and neither will budge: (A.) We’re hopelessly mired! (B.) Debt (now at $18 trillion) is part of the design of a functioning economy!

    Debt, money for that matter isn’t the issue — it’s resources, and in the US, resources are relatively plentiful, and so for the time being, we’ll be shielded from the worst of the unrest in the world.

    Agree with your responder above: Iraq was a manufactured war, designed by nincompoops. Agreed –Saddam Hussein was a madman, but removing him released a torrent of pent-up hatred, division and unrest, in a region wracked by drought. US leaders believed they could remake the Middle East in our image, without an inkling of understanding about people, culture, history. We’ll reap the bounty from that disastrous war for decades.

    • Thank you for taking the time to write such a well thought out comment. Agree with you in some areas but not in others.

      First, I don’t think the wealthy have anything to do with the division … other than those at the top who are manipulating the system. This is part of the division I was speaking of, i.e., the wealthy against the poor and middle class.

      Second, removing Saddam did not unleash the hatred. The anger was already there … 9/11, the first attack on the towers in ’93 and the countless other terrorist attacks around the world came well before we invaded Iraq. Pulling out of Iraq prematurely has put the country in its current state with ISIS.

      • Disagreement is expected and welcomed. I agree, it isn’t “wealthy” that is the trouble, it’s hoarding. I look at the Iraq war as the uncorking of a bottle of sizzling potential conflict, which exploded when released. The conflict is fueled by much history, economic distress and by drought. We could kept troops on the ground forever, and not have been able to put that genie back in the bottle. There is, of course, debate about whether Obama was hiding behind Bush’s troop withdrawal plan, whether we were required to respect Iraq as a sovereign nation, whether Maliki wanted us in or out, which I’m sure we’d disagree about , so no need to get into that. Cheers —

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