Five years have passed since 9/11 happened, the event that supposedly changed the world as we know it.
This is what I keep hearing all the time and it makes me wonder to what extent such a statement holds true. The world I know hasn’t changed much at all.
Terrorism has been around well before 9/11 and terrorism in the name of religion is nothing new either.
The U.S. has invaded Iraq because it didn’t like Saddam much, an event that conjures up memories from over a decade ago.
In response to 9/11 i.e. an attack on Americans, Arabs and Muslims have paid for it 10 fold. Actually taking into account the lowest number of deaths in Iraq possible, approximately 13 people have died for every American. This is nothing new either.
The U.S. foreign policy has become fully immersed in the Arab world. This also is nothing different from decades of meddling with the affairs of the region before 9/11.
Nothing has really changed…
The only thing that may be different now is there’s new meaning to the numbers 9-1-1; it’s no longer just the number you dial to call the police. It’s now a number that is used every single day by American TV at least nine hundred and eleven times not to mention it becoming a centerpiece of every single Dubya speech.
Also people now hate Arabs, Muslims and Islam more than they did before.
DVD sales for the movies “True Lies” and “The Siege” are probably up and all through the month of September I can’t turn on the TV without seeing two buildings fall or a made-for-TV movie about two buildings falling or a story about someone who knew someone who knew someone who was there when two buildings fell.
Also the word “terrorism” has become synonymous with a people and a religion.
And while the general idea has always been that America is still under threat (but safer), Arab and Muslim nations have been the biggest targets of terrorism. Not to mention that the US foreign policy post 9/11 has polarized our society even more, nourishing extremism and encouraging it more now than ever before.
Also I’m pretty sure my phone is tapped, which is something that didn’t usually happen before 9/11.
Other than that, I’m not so sure 9/11 qualifies as “the event that changed the world”.
All that being said I do sympathize with the action itself and the people who lost anyone that day but the reaction has proven to be worse. I guess the “cure” for the disease has only encouraged its growth, especially in our own nations. I figure the US foreign policy might eventually change when it becomes overwhelmed with the disease and the failure of the “cure”, only to withdraw and leave us with the mess. This too, is nothing new.