Monday, August 22

Are we all 9/11 survivors?

For how long Americans and the world will have to discuss and mourn 9/11? I do not even know if this is the right question but there are many related to September, 11, 2001.

About the event itself there are those who trust the official version and those who do not and there are those who want more investigations, among them families, first responders and survivors at this site.
I do not like this subject but it is everywhere and the consequences of the tragedy that was transformed in an appealing number is at least part of the calendar because the celebration of the date is certain.

Next 9/11 again, after ten years, we will be counting the number of victims as if it just had happened.
I do not know how and what was done that made this date imprinted in our minds and it is impossible to forget.
What I remember the most is 9/20 Bush's speech, written by Michael Gerson, nine days after the death of citizens of 80 nations declaring war on terror and urging the world to join US:
"This is not, however, just America's fight, and what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom." "We ask every nation to join us. We will ask, and we will need, the help of police forces, intelligence services, and banking systems around the world. The United States is grateful that many nations and many international organizations have already responded with sympathy and with support, nations from Latin America to Asia, to Africa, to Europe, to the Islamic world. Perhaps the NATO Charter reflects best the attitude of the world: An attack on one is an attack on all."
This was the consequence of 9/11 whoever was responsible for that, Al Qaeda according to the official version or US government according to others usually called conspiracy theorist that are also seem by some as terrorists. But maybe what made all citizens of the world survivors of 9/11 is in Bush's speech:
"Our war on terror begins with Al Qaida, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated." "Americans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack." "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime." "Our Nation has been put on notice: We are not immune from attack. We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect Americans. Today dozens of Federal departments and agencies, as well as State and local governments, have responsibilities affecting homeland security. These efforts must be coordinated at the highest level.""I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people." (emphasis mine)
Ten years after I meet many Americans who do not feel safe and protected and some even fear their own government. The war on terror keeps on disguised in many labels one of them the "humanitarian aid".
It seems that we are not even 9/11 survivors: we are 9/11 hostages.

Search Facebook for "9/11" and "Hiroshima". Not a single group for Hiroshima and many "Never forget 9/11". There will never be an acceptable version of 9/11 and the discussions just help US justifying some of it's foreign policies because their sacred soil has been attacked once under suspicious circumstances.

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