9/11 was horrible, no doubt about that, a lot of people died that day. Unfortunately our wars in the Middle East have led to a civilian death toll that far exceeds the 9/11 attacks. We’ve killed Osama Bin Laden, the suggested mastermind behind the attacks. Perhaps we can pack up in the Middle East now and leave these people’s homes. It was our screwing around with their lives in the past that partially led to Osama’s hatred towards our nation. And here we are again, screwing around with their lives, while the goal was never to harm innocent civilians (a contrast to Bin Laden) the collateral damage that has occurred up to this point is what will fuel the rage of future terrorists.
Osama’s original hopes was that the attacks would pull the United States into an impossible to win war, fighting against jihadists who had no intention of surrender, ultimately leaving the country in financial ruin. Whether or not his plan is working depends on who you ask. So not only are we killing civilians, albeit by accident (I hope), but we’re fighting a war that was planned for the very purpose of harming our financial security.
Perhaps we should adopt a new slogan, “Creating tomorrow’s terrorists, today.”