When I heard about the attack on the world trade center…
I was in the 8th grade. I heard the news in passing from a classmate on my way to Mr. Laird’s history class. I’m paraphrasing from memory but the words used were:
“It’s a joke! They attacked the trade center! It’s fake though, it’s a joke!”
I was confused, I had no idea what he was talking about. What followed, as you know, is history.
There was perhaps a single week when Americans were united in mourning those lost to the attack. This quickly gave way to anger, and that unity was destroyed, forced to make room for a culture of paranoia and inconsolable hostility.
What do we have to show for it aside from the new potential targets for our racism?
We’ve spent trillions of dollars feeding our military industrial complex. The body count of innocent lives lost overseas continues to this day. We have increased security but nobody feels safe. We have more mass shootings than ever, more police killings than ever, and have collectively grown complacent to mistruths, Christian fanaticism, and the invasion of personal privacy.
Overall I find the biggest hypocrisy of the so called “War on Terror” is the fact that we have active terrorist groups within our own country, actively terrorizing people every day. The KKK, Anti-Muslim groups, Gamergate… Why hasn’t the “War on Terror” brought them to justice?
I don’t shrug at the tragedy of 9/11, but the political consequences of that day have me deeply troubled.
Mark Twain said “Patriotism is loving your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” I’ll always be a patriot, but my government hasn’t truly regained my respect since 2001.