Friday, September 11, 2009

The Long Term Impact of 9/11

We can look back at September 11, 2001 and state, now, that it was largely a failure. Yes, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day, and many more lives were disrupted for several days, weeks, months and years following, however, the long term impacts have been relatively minimal. The planned destruction of western civilization, specifically the financial sector was avoided. Terrifying Americans out of continuing in their way of life, was at best temporary. Unfortunately, the bonding effect was also temporary. Whereas in December, 1941 every American knew who the enemy was, and were ready to make any sacrifice necessary; September 2001 has done little to crystallize the American masses into once again facing an enemy head on and fighting until the defeat.

We are once again, asleep at the wheel. We are facing an enemy who seeks our utter and complete destruction, and we are more concerned with whether or not someone held the men responsible upside down and poured water on their faces. We have lulled ourselves back into slumber in an era of hope and change. Instead of 9/11/01 acting as a wake up call or an alarm, we instead treated it as nothing more than an annoyance, hitting the snooze button and then rolling over to go back to sleep. In an era of 'Political Correctness' we have allowed ourselves to get caught up in an argument over the propriety of sleep deprivation and assault via caterpillar. The next time you are asked to be politically correct in dealing with those who attacked us on 9/11/01, ask what is politically correct about flying loaded planes into two heavily populated sky rises and the Pentagon. Then ask what's politically correct about beheading someone who does not beleive as you do with a dull knife.

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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