It’s now been nineteen years since “The Magnificent Nineteen” flew their jetliners into various American targets, including the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
I don’t have much to say beyond what I’ve said in all my previous September 11th posts.
The brief national unity induced by 9-11 has now faded almost beyond recall. If we were to face some comparable atrocity today, there would no unity at all, not even for a nanosecond. Half the country would be cheering on whatever entity caused the slaughter, because Orange Man Bad, and it’s all his fault.
The long-term effects of the 9-11 attacks were:
|1.||The Department of Homeland Security;|
|2.||Massive, universal electronic surveillance of everyone;|
|3.||Outreach to Islam to prevent “radicalization”; and|
|4.||The cultural taboo against any criticism of Islam in the public square.
Oh, and I almost forgot #5 — this shirt:
It will be interesting to see how the Biden administration observes the twentieth anniversary next year.
Or the Harris administration, as the case may be.