Thursday, September 11, 2008

9-11 Seven Years Later – Is Our Nation Safer?

On The Seventh Anniversary of the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, I want to ask a necessary and proper question. Are We Safer? Can we walk the streets and conduct our daily lives knowing that since that devastating event, we are safer? Has the government treated the aftermath of this even with respect and duty to the protection of the American People? Why has this even happened to us, the supposedly freest and most prosperous nation in the world?

Well I can tell you one thing, I do not feel safer. I do not feel that the government has treated the American People with respect and proper actions in the aftermath of 9/11 in order to ensure our safety, to the best of their abilities. I feel that there is still a very flawed belief in the mainstream as to why we were attacked.

Blowback. Have you ever heard that term? Do you believe that every action has a consequence? Please see the below clip, which changed the way I look at Rudolph Giuliani:

Ah yes Rudy Giuliani and the 9/11 card. Too careless to look into the real reasons why we were attacked, comes back with a very intellectual response to Ron Paul:

MR. GIULIANI: Wendell, may I comment on that? That's really an extraordinary statement. That's an extraordinary statement, as someone who lived through the attack of September 11, that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq. I don't think I've heard that before, and I've heard some pretty absurd explanations for September 11th. (Applause, cheers.)
And I would ask the congressman to withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn't really mean that. (Applause.)

My favorite was Ron Paul’s reading list for Rudy, announced a couple days after the debate:

1) Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer
2) Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Rpert Pape
3) Blowback, Second Edition: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson
4) The 9/11 Commision Report by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

Blowback is basically the belief that our American Empirialism does have consequences, and the attacks on 9/11 were one of those. We have been involved in the Middle East for years and years now, backed different governments, placed and supported different governments, and today our activity is higher than ever! As Dr. Paul says, “They don't come here to attack us because we're rich and we're free. They come and they attack us because we're over there. I mean, what would we think if we were -- if other foreign countries were doing that to us?” The fact that we have been involved for years in the middle east, occupying different countries influencing politics and just being the American Empire that we have become, has surely enraged certain groups of people. Going to Iraq was probably the worst thing we could do for the safety of the United States. Not only do we give Islamic extremists more motivation to continue their war against us, but we have upset many allies in the process. The Iraq war was an unpopular and is an unpopular war because it is simply a wrong war. It is not justified whatsoever. The worst part is that, if blowback theory is correct, if they didn’t attack us simply because we are “free and rich” (in which case we can’t really do too much about that - except continue on the course we are on concerning extreme debt and governments non-fiscally sound monetary policy and non-balanced budgets) then we are quiet literally making America much LESS safe. If you buy into the argument that we are safer because we are ‘fighting over there instead of here,’ stop a moment and think. Do you really think our borders are so extremely safe that a group of, say, 20 terrorists could not get through the border and carry out another attack? If they wanted to, I’m sure they wouldn’t be so preoccupied in the Middle East that they couldn’t spare 20 individuals to carry out a much bigger mission.

How do you feel about your safety? Do you feel like there is less of a chance of another terrorist attack, or that our policies are asking for another one? Please consider the issue of foreign policy and National Defense when you vote. And please, if you think there is a reason for the Iraq War that outweighs all the cons, let me know.

In any case, remember those who passed away on September 11th. You and I both owe it to them to think with our heads and not be blindly led to believe one thing or another.


jpberthiaume said...

That question is actually one that can't be answered. You can only answer based on what you "feel" is the case. Before 9-11 no one could have fathomed that such a large-scale attack might happen on our soil. It is only after we have seen it that it enters our minds in everyday life. Therefore, it's not even a fair question to ask if you "feel" safer after 9-11 than before it. Of course we don't. We couldn't possibly be scared of what we didn't know on 9-10.

DC said...


I see where you are coming from. Of course since the attacks we do not 'feel' safer. What I was getting at is the question of why were we attacked in the first place? As well as, are we responding in a way that will make us LESS likely to be attacked again, or are the policies being pursued really just contributing to the original cause of why we were attacked?