Six years later…
and we are no closer to ending the threat of terrorism than we were six years ago. Some could argue that we’re in more danger now than we were then.
And when we memorialize this every year, and we hear the government warn of more terrorism, we are once again frightened. Which is exactly what they want.
Everytime you get on an airplane, looking suspiciously at the dark skinned man near you, terrorism has won
Everytime you agree to voluntarily give away the freedoms that make this country a great place to live, terrorism has won
Everytime our military accidentally kills civilians in Iraq and Afghantistan, terrorism has won.
Maybe we should take this day to ask whether or not redemptive violence will ever end this conflict. And whether their reasons are justified or not, they have reasons for attacking us, and our wars in the Middle East are further fueling the fire that causes Muslims to radicalize. When your child is killed in Iraq by the US military, whether or not it was intentional, I can understand the anger that would be felt.
And when Al Queda causes us to lose the moral high ground, then they have definitely won.