Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11: the Day Nothing Changed.

Again and again we are subjected to the worldwide propaganda machine that tells us 9-11 was the "Day that Changed the World",  the "Day of evil that changed the world forever",   "Opinion: A day that changed the world", etc.         

In fact, 9-11 was a day that changed nothing.  What I mean by that is that nothing changed because of the criminal attacks on 9-11.  Things change everyday, so of course change has occurred since 9-11. The Department of Homeland Security, the greatest government boondoggle in the history of the USA, was created, but 9-11 was just the excuse, not the cause.  We've been going down the road of the American Brand of Fascism since the middle of the 19th century and not one thing related to 9-11 has changed the direction of that road.  The fact that 9-11 has been used to hasten us along that road is in no way a change in our world. 

Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan have been created, but they too were not caused by 9-11 or anything directly resulting from 9-11.  They were caused by government officials with their own agendas of profit-making and self-aggrandizement who have simply used 9-11 as their justification.  

9-11 was a day that 3,000 innocent Americans died in a criminal enterprise, and in our orgy of vengeance we have killed hundreds if not thousands times more innocent people.  But even that is not a change. Americans have relished such orgies of violence for a long time, such as the piled corpses in the Philippines at the beginning of the 20th century ("Remember the Maine") and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 ("Remember Pearl Harbor"), just to name two examples in the long list of innocent victims of America's revenge fantasies made into manifest destiny. 

If in response to 9-11 the American people had come together to change our ways, then we could have said that 9-11 was a day that changed the world. But, no we did not come together to reassert the rule of law to track down the criminals behind 9-11, no we did not come to see as a nation that our own actions as a nation set the stage for 9-11, no we have not changed one thing about our foreign policy and how we resort to military might to maintain the American Empire and its War Racket for the protection of corporate profits.

No, 9-11 is not a day that changed anything in the world or how America does its business.  9-11 is a day that only confirmed and cemented all the worst in ourselves.  And today, 10 years later we witness the orgy of self-aggrandizement continuing without change in our orgy of American exceptionalism.

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