So much remains unanswered — and maybe unanswerable
The problem I have is that we still have suspects at Guantanamo with no movement on their cases. I think we are holding them illegally.
What happened is a continuing tragedy, but America is not upholding the rule of law with respect to these inmates.
9/11 changed everything. We’ve survived and have unified against the awful devastation.
Then there’s true devastation accosting our country, five letters, and it’s not “STEAL” it’s TRUMP. This mongrel has trumped our democracy and is on the cusp of ruining us for history. An unhinged, moronic, psychotic individual, need I go on, that has commandeered other unhinged, moronic “servants” to his false narrative is more dangerous and more pervasive than 911. 911 was trauma, TRUMP is an insidious cancer of which there’s no cure.
“The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind…”
Since 9/11, I don't like being above the 5th floor in any building
Our country has changed
And in some ways it’s good and others not …
I also wish some would stop thinking that it didn’t happen …and that our government did this
Did it change anything?
my church just (2023) installed security systems: hardened doors, cameras, police button, etc.
The Patriot Act is an oxymoron. So is citizens united.
thanks for that reminder....wow
Yes, it definitely changed everything. Our idea of safety was turned upside down. I was teaching at a small parochial Montessori school in the basement of our church at that time. Suddenly we had to start locking the access doors to the school.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, America joined a war already in place against Imperial Japan and Fascist Germany. The two powerful nations had publicly aligned and publicly coordinated their violent plans for domination.
On 9/11, Americans United as we had seldom done before - but within 2 years, we invaded a nation with an unquestionably vile leader - yet how much worse was Saddam than any of the dozens of other monstrous despots who bristled at America? Iraq had more oil. If the Iraqis or the Americans took that oil off the market, then the global prices for oil would be fixed in a narrow range for the next 10 years - a range that made oil leases in America exceptionally lucrative.
Such a plot would be impossible without support from American media pundits. Yet media needs profits. Profits for ads during wars could offset possible losses from the internet. And thus, most media did not question the need for the war, trusting in forces of political competition that made it seem so improbable that our governmentment would go to war mainly for purposes of enriching a small group of Americans.
Professionals could read nuances from Cheney and Bush and the leadership in America in the run up to war - they doubted they were being told the truth, but had no basis to challenge or question. But there were fewer of them. Most media celebrities became entertainers rather than professionals tied to the news. Sometimes, the entertainers even knew the news better than the so-called news leaders.
Not so in Europe - where the professionals were not subsidized by the same groups in America, and where no clear path to wealth could trace to war. Tony Blair deemed the Anglo-American alliance so crucial that he joined; many others did not.
Some people believe Trump is the worst thing to happen to America in generations - but unlike George W.Bush and his principle advisers and benefactors, Trump did not see any urgent need to start a shooting war (and his endless wars on Twitter got few killed...until Covid-19 appeared). If there is a second Trump term, or any other unpopular charlatan wins office in America, we should expect another war will become urgent.
Thucydides wrote how the Athenian democracy, while still at war with Sparta, voted to invade distant Sicily, and in so doing, destroyed themselves forever. When America invaded Iraq, the world was unipolar - China was the 4th or 5th largest economy back then, and Russia struggled to keep its navy afloat. In the 22 years since 9/11, President Bush and President Trump weakened America dramatically. President Obama used 2 of his 8 years to pursue some crucial changes - but was blocked by Congress for 75% of his term as president.
And yet, America remains strong and resilient, not unlike Great Britain toward the last of the Victorian era. May we learn the dangerous power of deception before our world meanders toward a precipice the way late 19th century Europe did.
Yes 9-11 changed this country in that we no longer could say that we are invincible from “an attack on our shores”.
The daughter of our neighbor died in the North Tower. She was catering a breakfast meeting in “Windows on the World” that morning. I remember her year long but painfully as Sept. 11 nears.
The Monument of the World Trade Center haunts me and so many others. There is a photograph in the memorial of a fireman charging up the stairs in a tower while all the others are coming down the stairs. The firefighter’s eyes say to me that he knew full well he was heading up to his death.
I pray that what happened in NYC 22 years ago will never happen again! My oldest daughter lived in NYC at that time! Now she and her husband live in Brooklyn NY, but she had to walk home in the midst of terrible smoke and was able to get home over the bridge late at night. She and her former boyfriend both saw some of the horror that was going on at that time. It should always be remembered to the Firefighters who lost their lives and all the people who died in the 2 Towwers.
Watched “I was There” last night and 102 minutes as well on history channel. Brought it all back. Where I was. What I was doing. What I was feeling. And my husband too. I think it has changed America. We are more wary and more distrustful of government and other countries. Of course Covid had its effects on us too and the 4 years with the Trump administration as well and Jan 6 th the insurrection. We have all changed in various ways. I remember when JFK was assassinated and how it rocked us and was so sad. But this is beyond sad. The news from Morocco and now from Libya as well takes our breath away. How can we not be changed. Our world is small and our country is vulnerable too.
No, but it should have changed the way America thinks! America takes for granted our Armed Forces. They are trained to physically fight our enemies. They are not the CIA;aka Secret Service. The Pentagon is in charge of knowing who are our enemies in other countries. My opinion.
More questions than answers and fewer changes than hoped for. Alas.