Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hindsight Should Be 20/20

Roger says it's a modern wonder. A Modern Wonder? I'm not sure that that is the terminology I would use, says Antony, of Antony's Attic. Perhaps a modern travesty? Antony has posted something that gets right to the point. No matter the reasons . . . No matter that many of us believed we were justly "retaliating" six years ago . . .the scene has unfolded quite differently than many of us thought possible. Here are Roger's reflections (via Antony's Attic). The bolding is my emphasis.

18 Saudis do an amazing job of pirating Airliners, crashing them into New York skyscrapers, taking them down along with some 3,000 people. The Bush government reacts by attacking not the terrorist movements behind the violence but two independent nations.

Six years later we have 30,000 killed and seriously wounded American men and women, not counting a roughly similar number of independent contractors whom we have hired to assist in the invasions. The numbers of Afghans and Iraqis killed and maimed make these numbers seem like nothing in comparison. A few people in government have bullied us into doing a terrible thing.

And, they neither see nor seem to want to find a way of leading us out of the situation.

I don’t get it.

Me neither, Roger.
Hindsight should be 20/20. We can't change the past but we have to do the right thing now. I don't understand why some Americans think we are doing the right thing.

Here is another blogger's take on our situation:

September 11th…

Now it’s a double tragedy. Thousands upon thousands of people are dead for no reason at all. Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks of September 11th and yet we “had” to invade that country for some bizarre reason known only to this administration and the war profiteering Halliburton. The good will received by the United States from foreign countries was squandered and Americans were stabbed in the back with a presidential, imperial power grab that was all excused in the name of security, freedom, and patriotism when it really was the suppression of dissent and debate. But reality has finally trumped ideology. The miserable state of affairs in Iraq and the wasted lives of our soldiers, have proven that the Wal-Mart-itzation of war, and incompetence do not magically bring democracy to the world. Nor do they avenge the people we lost on September 11th. The toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan was the opportunity to go after the ones who attacked us and the ones who gave the terrorists shelter but valuable resources and personnel were diverted to the neocon dream war of Iraq and the operation was unfinished. The killers including Bin Ladin got away and religious extremists are back to threaten the region.

Remember those killed on September 11th and remember how their horrific deaths were used by greedy power mongers to do terrible things at home and abroad.

Dare to ponder an even darker scenario? Maybe we should, just for the sake of honestly and earnestly searching out truth.

Robert David Steele Vivas says:
"I am forced to conclude that 9/11 was at a minimum allowed to happen as a pretext for war Steele was the second-ranking civilian (GS-14) in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence from 1988-1992. Steele is a former clandestine services case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.

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