Monday, September 11, 2006

The fifth anniversary of 9-11

Five years ago, the US was attacked by Saudi Islamic Extremists, sponsored by Al Qaida and Afghanistan. This is the worst incident that has ever happened in the history of the US in my opinion. Not becuase of the almost 2700 people who died in the attack, which was a terrible tragedy. Rather, it was the worst thing because of how we reacted to it as a nation.

As a nation, we have become xenophobic, terrified, and isolationist. We have attacked a nation that had nothing to do with the attack and continue to strip away civil liberties in the name of being safer because we are scared. We've all heard the classic quote of "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security" - Benjamin Franklin. We have taken a long step backwards because of this attack. And in doing so, accomplishing the goals of the attackers, who strive to alter the world into the image of an authoritarian Islamic regime.

In a previous post, I pointed out just how few people percentage wise terrorism vs other manners of dying. To be this terrified is unhealthy and irrational. And frankly, I think what we have become as a nation is a disrespect to those who died in the attack and the soldiers who have given their life since that time.

Some may view this post as disrespectful. This post is intended to be a long hard look in the mirror and honestly pondering what we see. The kind of thing that most of us do on special dates througout our lives. We reflect, and if we are smart, we adjust our lives and thinking to correct what we do not like and strive to re-enforce the things that we do.

*Edit: See the following speech from Ron Paul, a republican congressman from TX. I like the comments that he makes from the top to the bottom. I disagree on a few very minor ones, but cannot refute the logic or wisdom in his words.
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