Everyone will doubtless be sharing their remembrances today. I shan’t. Oh it’s not that I don’t remember the day, I do. It’s emblazoned on my memory as few things are. Instead, I’ll be pondering what our country has accomplished since then.
We invaded Iraq, lost thousands more of our own young people, and who knows how many Iraqis died. We invaded Afganistan and are still mired down there, where thousands more of our children have died along with many thousand more Afghanis. Neither country can be counted a true friend to the U.S. in spite of the fact that we spend more on them than we do on our own people. We provide them medical care, but not our own citizens. We build them schools and roads and we can’t afford to build our own.
We are no safer now than we were on September 10th, 2001. Our enemies are still plotting to destroy us but do they really need to try all that hard? We seem to be doing a pretty good job destroying ourselves, since we keep electing the same incompetent politicians to lead us down the path of economic armageddon.
We’re paying more for everything thanks to our wars and the higher cost of oil, the fuel that drives us and by which we are driven in nearly every policy decision we make.
And I’ve not yet even mentioned the continuing moral decay of our citizenry; a people for whom good is evil and sin is celebrated and depravity is exalted more than righteousness.
In sum, the only thing that really changed on 9/11 is that thousands died and tens of thousands more have died in the wake of that event. We are no better as a people. We haven’t been improved by our disasters. We haven’t learned the lessons of history and we are, therefore, doomed to repeat it.