Just over nineteen years ago terrorists destroyed American icons, the New York City twin towers, and damaged the Pentagon. This occurred with over one thousand dead and many injured. Those injuries are resulting in deaths to this day. The attacks enraged a nation which had been stable for many years.
The aftermath continues in countries around the world in ways unknown or unseen to Americans for many reasons. A large one is the willful lack of information from Afghanistan, Iraq and several African countries. Not for national security, other nations are reporting the actions. But, to continue a course of keeping Americans ignorant of military actions. All we know is the Department of Defense receives more money than all other nations combined.
Has the trump monstrosity destroyed the importance of 9/11? Has the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 overwhelmed our national focus on Middle East terrorism? Has the interminable war in Western Asia finally been complete? Trump is withdrawing American troops, often without to regard of the consequences for the local people.
I think all of those questions are being answered with a solid “yes”. Twenty years of anguish cannot continue. The Trade Towers went down and anger rose. There is no way to sustain that anger after our fight became our children’s fight and in some way our grandchildren’s fight. The Pentagon hiding what is happening in other countries does not matter anymore. The deaths are rare and are little covered in the media. A thousand dying of COVID-19 every day no longer makes headlines.
Just as the last of those who experienced the Japanese air attack in Honolulu and Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 has passed and the date is just another shopping day, so is September 11, 2001. There are important moments and remembrances, in the Capitol and New York City as well as in Pennsylvania, but these are no longer a must see on television.
The country is no longer joined and focused on one enemy. We are split into major factions, and not focused on the one enemy which is killing hundreds of thousands. Maybe sixty percent see the enemy and forty percent are looking at an alternative universe. I hope not but that is what it looks like on this nineteenth anniversary of a terrible attack against America.
Twenty years is considered a generation. We will be one generation removed from the attacks next September. It is hard to pass on such horror and anger. It will be interesting to see if the horror and anger of hundreds of thousands of Americans will create a generational remembering of why so many have died.