Prompt 123: 11 Sept 2001
123. How do you think the attacks of September 11, 2001, changed America forever? Do you think such an attack will happen again? Why or why not?
It's indisputable that the bombing of the US that day changed the country forever. Things will never return to how they were before that day. However, things won't return to the way they were before President Carter either, and that's the big-picture problem. But I digress.
I'm conflicted about discussing this topic with pretty much anyone, largely because anyone I speak with is, like me, powerless and unable to make any substantive, positive change. And it's weird to say that the people I tend to agree with most also state their opinion that, "9-11 was an inside job," though I disagree with them on that point. To be clear: in my personal opinion, this situation is very similar to the US prior to WWII. The government wanted to go to war (though the two situations had largely different reasons), and since they didn't want to instigate it themselves, they continually poked the proverbial hornet's nest until they came out stinging.
The US ramped-up its war machine at the behest of military contractor corporations, manufacturing evidence that made war criminals out of the biggest names in politics within the US at the time (including the USA's current president, Joe Biden). None of them will be tried for it, and no one with power will call them out on it, either.
There are some who say that Bin Laden played the US for fools, but I wonder if that's entirely true. Again, it's indisputable that war criminals will run free, fear and paranoia and a state of perpetual war have been instilled in the United States, etc. and that was the proposed "long game" of the Taliban-fronted bombings. But if one considers its history, Afghanistan was a failed state since its inception and it's unlikely to ever be overseen by anything beyond an unstable tribal government. The area has been used as a Cold War punching bag for generations. I wonder how much Bin Laden had been manipulated by both Russian and US interests into his line of work.
But anyway, the attack did its job well enough. There's a surveillance state established in the US now, easily circumvented by those who want to pay (just like the pandemic). All US citizens are conditioned to life as perpetual war. Even if troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, there's always Yemen, or Syria, or Israel, or some other oil-rich area of the world that the US wants to suck dry. The rich guy who owned the lease on the Twin Towers received his insurance check. And blah, blah, blah...
The point is: those that matter, got away with it. Most of them are politicians (derelict in their duty to safeguard the USA from invasion). They won't pursue "justice" and they will instead smack down those that do, with threats and force where required. The feedback loop that is, "if you make money at something, you are successful" worked in their favour, so there's no reason for them to change.
As for, "Do you think such an attack will happen again?" Well, didn't it? COVID-19, whether or not it was manufactured in a lab in Wuhan, did the job well enough. There's been so much money either doled out to financiers or swept up by mega-conglomerates like Amazon, they are loving it. Mission Accomplished. More land and actual fungible assets were sucked up by the wealthy and elite during this pandemic, so they will appreciate it happening again.
Seriously. They made money. They don't care about the rest of society or making things better for everyone. So they won't mind another war, another pandemic, or the general slow-roasting and destruction of the planet. They'll collect more no matter the circumstances, because everything has been tilted in their favour since the 1970s.