The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 is coming up soon, and before everyone gets sick of hearing about it I thought I’d throw in my two cents. While 3,000 people died due to the attacks, we can look back with a different vision and see the true horrors of what happened. In the end, we might be just as bad as the terrorists who attacked the United States that day. Yes, 3,000 lives were lost that day, but not due to anything more then luck. Meanwhile the most expensive military in the world has been paying it back to countries that could never defend themselves.
The civilian body count in Iraq is anywhere from 200K to nearly a million. Is that a fair retaliation for the deaths of 3,000 people? Not at all. Don’t forget that Bush lied to us to get us to go to War with Iraq. He used all the power he could to influence people to lie for him. Now Bush gets to sit back at his crawford ranch he loves so much, sipping iced tea and relaxing. It should be noted that another 4,000 US soldiers have died in Iraq, while 30K have been injured. There should be thousands of people ready to storm the Crawford Ranch and string up Bush for what he did.
We had a chance too, to stop the Iraq War. One of the largest protests of all time took place before it. But a large amount of people couldn’t think independently of the non-stop patriotism being thrown at them from the TV and Newspapers.
Where were you? Did you not find it suspicious when Haliburton got the no bid contract to rebuild Iraq? Dick Cheney was formerly on their board and got a nice golden parachute when he left to become VP. The whole war was one of the hugest failures in American history. Sure there’s no more Saddam, but the US economy was ruined, we probably created a new generation of Terrorists and it made us no safer then we already were. Saddam didn’t want to attack the United States, and had no ties with Osama Bin Laden. Saddam just wanted to live in luxury and keep control over Iraq, attacking the US wouldn’t help that.
The war in Afghanistan was no better. The country is nearly identical to what it’s been for the last 20 years, except the UN controls the capital city of Kabul with Karzai running a government whose control barely extends beyond the city limits. You see, there’s been a lot of conflicts over the last 20 years in Afghanistan. These are warlords who have survived every conflict because they simply switch sides when things turn against them. One of the strongest warlords in Afghanistan is infamous for this and has switched sides during EVERY conflict.
For all the lipservice to women’s rights, sure women now can leave their houses and speak in public. But what isn’t mentioned is that most areas under control of Warlords are prety much lawless. Sure you can leave your house, but don’t cross the wrong warlord’s men or you’ll end up being raped. And of course since those men are the security forces, good luck getting any justice. But hey, in Kabul there’s some women on the council, so that makes everything better.
In the end how did we find Bin Laden? By illegally entering our “ally” in the war on terror Pakistan territory and finding his compound. So in reality there was never any reason to have a long drawn out war in Afghanistan, as Bin Laden obviously would have went running for the border as soon as the US got close. Which is exactly what ended up happening. So while we were running around in Aghanistan and Iraq largely did nothing, a quick precision strike in Pakistan killed the man who planned 9/11. Shocking.
It should be noted that the recent surge of Democratic revolutions in the Middle East have very little to do with “Spreading Democracy” in the Middle East. It was actually the release of the Wikileaks cables which showed to these people how their corrupt governments were taking advantage of them. Of course I could see why the US government would be working so hard to shut down Wikileaks, only they should be able to cause the fall of governments.
In the end, yes, remember those 3,000 who died. But take the time to reflect on the nearly million lives that have been lost since then in search of justice. An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.