Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 - 10 years later

I was a college sophomore on 9/11/2001.  I had learned about the incident from some classmates.  Of course after class I was glued to the TV the rest of the day and was both saddened and infuriated by the events.

As a young impressionable person, I tended to believe much of the "news" and "facts" spouted by the media.  As I've gotten older however, reality, truth, and logic have made me more and more infuriated at our government than the people who committed the murder of over 3,000 people on that fateful day.

The people who planned the 9/11 events were more like revolutionaries than terrorists.  I actually believe they have succeeded in their mission which was very much like the mission of Afghani's in their war versus Russia although on a much larger scale.  The Afghanis wanted to draw the Russians into a long expensive guerrilla war that would destroy morale and bankrupt the Russian treasury.  The Afghanis won and the US has either not learned that lesson or those with an interest in war have bought themselves compliant politicians to continue the war.

The US has been dragged into a multinational "war" on terrorism that has no measuring stick.  There can be no end to a war with an undefined "enemy".  The war has costed thousands of lives, trillions of dollars, and most importantly the destruction of the law.  Under Bush and Obama the Constitution and its protections on the Free Speech, Right to Carry, and Habeas Corpus have been utterly trampled.

People of this country have sacrificed their rights under the Common Law to fight against people who are pissed off that we have meddled in their politics, invaded their countries, toppled their leaders, and killed their brethren.  If another country had done what we have done to their countries we would do the same thing.  Consider what you would do if the Russians blatantly stole land from Texans and gave it to the North Koreans or helped incite a war between the US, Canada, and Mexico.   These ideas are of course ridiculous, but it is exactly what the US has done by meddling in the affairs of the Middle East.

The US was heavily involved in the creation of the Jewish state which has essentially made the majority of Islamic Middle Easterners hate us.  The US aided Osama bin Laden in defeating the Afghanis.  The US deposed the Shah of Iran and supported the Ayatollah Khomenei who has become part of the "Axis of Evil".  The US provided weapons of mass destruction to Sadaam Hussein to fight the Iranians.  The US has fomented seeds of hatred for the past fifty years and unfortunately Middle Eastern culture has very long memories.

Purveyors of the status quo believe that the US is not at fault for meddling in the Middle East, inciting war and violence, and helping to support and install ruthless dictators.  They probably do this knowingly and willingly unless of course you are listening to Michelle Bachman or Sarah Palin whom are complete idiots.  Barack Obama is a smart man who knows political strategy very well so he knows the consequences of the actions, but he knows better how to control media spin and put forth a message that misdirects the truth.  Bush was also effective at controlling the neo-conservative base's thoughts.

9/11 was a terrible consequence of injecting US intelligence, military, and taxpayer resources into affecting political outcomes around the world for political benefit.  It was indirectly caused by years of oppressing people in the Middle East by our interventionist policy.  So yes, I am saying that the murder of over 3,000 innocent people in the Twin Towers, Flight 93, and the Pentagon was the result of many years of deeply flawed and misleading American foreign policy.

The longer US citizens tolerate this, the more freedom we lose, the poorer we become, and the more vulnerable we become to increased hatred toward us.  If we continue killing people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, more and more Muslims will become disenchanted with our policies and join the ranks of "radical" Islam.  What choice do they have?  This will inevitably endanger thousands more Americans at some point in time.  The agencies entrusted with finding these people can not track every one.  It is an impossible task.

What must we do?  Remove ourselves from Middle Eastern politics, pledge not to intervene unless attacked, and apologize for the actions of our past politicians.  Muslims are tolerant people if we get off their backs.  We must require all levels of our governments to follow the laws of their jurisdictions and importantly the US Constitution and all Common Law.  This means right to the fruits of our labor, freedom of speech, freedom from unwarranted search and seizure, and the presumption of innocence.  This takes a sea change of enlightenment from the current populace of sheep.  It requires the realization that "Hope and Change" and "Saddam has WMDs" were blatant lies and misdirections.  We need new leadership who focus on the only common good: freedom.

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