It’s been 15 years.
For the most part, most Americans are in agreement the country’s knee-jerk reaction was a mistake that put the country in debt, set off illegal government surveilance, the deaths of thousands of servicemen in an illegal war and ultimately led to the formation of ISIS. Before folks go there, remember that Osama bin Laden was found 11 years after 9/11 in Pakistan. All the lives disrupted by the Warmongers in Washington and the butchers who line their pockets was done in the name of HATE. Not just in the Middle East but in the U.S. as well.
The GOP was so sure their was was right, they pulled out all the stops to ensure Bush 43 stayed in the White House for two terms. We as a country happily surrendered our civil liberties in the name of “national security”. Obama gave the order that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in the second half of his first term. Justice had been done though for those who lost loved ones on 9/11 and in the so-called “War on Terrorism”, they will never have true closure. This everyone knows.
With the man who orchestrated the attack dead and gone, as a country it’s time to move on. The only people this day should matter to are those who were directly effected by 9/11, the “War on Terrorism” and their families. We need to take back Patriot Day from the provocative marketing campaign it’s being used for by Warmongers. I keep using the quotes for War on Terrorism because the phrase itself was a veiled effort to promote Xenophobia against Muslims and Islam as a whole. That is a sin that should NEVER be repeated as a country.
I want to stress again: If you, your family or someone you personally know was not directly affected by 9/11 or the wars it sparked then it’s time to move on. ISIS was created because of the Warmongers in the U.S., Europe and Israel who pushed the country into an unwinnable war. Do you know how it feels to find out what you thought your country was fighting for was a just cause was nothing but a lie? Many vets who returned from the middle east readily joined the anti-war movement for this reason.
“Never Forget” indeed. We must never go down this road as a country ever again.
That said, I do believe the U.S. needs to commit military forces to the fight against ISIS. The longer ISIS is allowed free reign, the worse the mass migration crisis will become. The U.S. will be able to bring the conflict to a quick end. At the very least, we owe those displaced and those who’ve been slaughtered that much. That much should be assured regardless of who the next president is.
At the same time, I also believe whoever the next president is should advocate for Kurdistan to become an independent country and establish its own boarders between Iraq, Syria and Turkey. They more the deserve that much recognition for being the first to take the fight to ISIS.
Finally–and I feel this need to be said since Corporate Media lacks the spine to say it–I am VERY concerned with the overt anti-Islamic rhetoric Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not only used to stay in power but to shame the U.S. Government into supporting their Genocide of Palestine since 9/11. Even worse, his counterarguement to those who disagree with his viewpoint on Palestine is to accuse them of being antisemetic or anti-Israel. Worse still is the GOP has bought into the anti-Muslim rhetoric 15 years ago and have since promised Israel will always get free money to fortify what’s become the world’s largest open-air prison: Palestine.
Given Israeli newspapers WILL NOT publish pictures of WOMEN–which IRAN and SYRIA will–it will be more than a little problematic given Hillary Clinton is expected to become the 45th President of the United States. Yes, I know Israel does it because it’s Jewish tradition but that doesn’t mean it should be tolerated if it’s a practice widely disagreed with. Remember that iconic photo of Obama’s cabinet following the hunt for bin Laden in real time a few years back? In Israel, Hillary and another woman who was also present were both photoshopped out of the room. We should not condone this any longer given our so-called enemies have no problem publishing women in their own newspapers.