My Thoughts on the 9/11 Anniversary

remembering-9-11-attacksTo be honest, I don’t pay any attention to 9/11, in fact, I didn’t even realize that it was today until I heard them talking about it on the radio. It’s just another anniversary of a horrible event, but I don’t really feel bad about it, I don’t feel the need to memorialize it, it just is what it is and that’s all.

I was thinking about the day it all happened, I was on my way to work and heard it on the radio.  When I got to work, I turned on the radio and let it play for a while, at least until it became clear that the people reporting had no more clue at the moment than they did an hour or so before so I turned it off and got back to work.  I remember it being surreal, but I was never emotionally impacted by it, it was never the kind of abject horror that I remember a lot of people talking about.  It was another terrible event in a world of already terrible events.  I remember thinking we’d go and kick the ass of those responsible, but I was wrong, we never bothered to do that, we just wasted billions upon billions of dollars and thousands of American lives and really got nothing for it.  I suppose I can’t be that surprised.

Yet here we are, 13 years later and what have we accomplished?  Oh sure, Osama bin Laden is dead.  Whoopie.  That was a pathetic exercise that took us years to accomplish and what did it get us in the long run?  Now we face bigger, more dangerous terrorist organizations like ISIS/ISIL and we’re still fighting the same war that we’ve been fighting for over a decade and not getting ahead at all.  We’ve just managed to make the Middle East even more radical, as I predicted we would, by flying our dick-waving military into their business and planting our American flag straight up their ass.  We’ve just made things worse.

Seriously, we either need to fish or cut bait.  We need to do what needs to be done, and seriously, what needs to be done is not pretty and it isn’t nice and there isn’t a nice way to do it.  It’s essentially genocide on a large scale.  Effectively, it’s killing every single radical Muslim on the planet, men, women and children.  Of course, that will never happen, it’s politically incorrect and the ramifications of such an action are entirely unacceptable.  Hell, Obama won’t even admit that ISIS/ISIL is a Muslim organization, for fear of offending someone.  So we can’t do that.

The only other option is to get out of the Middle East entirely.  Get out of Israel.  Get out of Saudi Arabia.  Leave the Muslims to their own devices.  They have their sphere of influence, we have ours.  Never shall the two meet.  They still have to sell their oil, we still have to buy it.  Leave it at that.  Set up a military coalition that will stop them from being expansionistic, just like NATO was supposed to stop Soviet expansionism.  Then I got to thinking, considering what a failure NATO has been, why not disband that and put together a general-purpose worldwide organization that will go after *ANY* nation that attacks another.  Any nation, without exception.  If one nation, and it doesn’t matter which one it is, goes after another, the weight of the planet comes down on their shoulders regardless.  It would essentially end wars, but of course, the U.S. would never allow that to happen, it would get in the way of our international dick-waving.

And so, on this 13th anniversary, while I’m sorry that 9/11 ever happened, a lot of it we brought down on ourselves and while the people who died didn’t deserve it, they were innocents, the nation deserved a good kick in the teeth.  Too bad we didn’t actually learn our lesson and now we’re going to be embroiled in an even more dangerous battle against an even more radical enemy who still hates us, not because of our freedom, but because we’re international assholes.

We won’t learn our lesson this time either.

5 thoughts on “My Thoughts on the 9/11 Anniversary

  1. " It’s essentially genocide on a large scale."

    You advocate for genocide? Seriously? What kind of warped, twisted, demented person are you?

    "Effectively, it’s killing every single radical Muslim on the planet, men, women and children."

    Just how do you propose to identify every radical Muslim? What criteria are to be used to determine if a person is a radical muslim? How do you propose actually implementing this program of mass killing in an efficient way to avoid the killing of non-radical Muslims? Just how easy of a task do you think this to be? You suggest doing it without any apparent understanding of the enormity of such an undertaking. Then there is the whole problem of a nation that lays claim to the rule of law simply killing people without any effort at due process. Are you suggesting we just simply shoot people, including children, because someone has charged them with being a radical muslim?

    Finally, for a person who claims to be a rationalist, this suggestion is about as far from a rational suggestion as one can get.

  2. "The only other option is to get out of the Middle East entirely. Get out of Israel. Get out of Saudi Arabia. Leave the Muslims to their own devices. They have their sphere of influence, we have ours. Never shall the two meet. They still have to sell their oil, we still have to buy it. Leave it at that."

    Holy shit, your understanding of geopolitics is incredibly naive. You are employing a logical fallacy here: the idea that there are only two options. That is rarely, if ever, true. Particularly when it concerns something of such great complexity as is the case involving the interactions between nations. I am not suggesting that our foreign policy is or has been effective. I think, generally, it has been ineffective. But isolationism is not an attractive nor effective option in a world that is increasingly interconnected.

  3. "…why not disband that and put together a general-purpose worldwide organization that will go after *ANY* nation that attacks another."

    Just what makes you think this even possible? We can't get members of the U.N. Security Council to agree on such matters. This is not a rational suggestion, given the intricacies of geopolitics.

  4. "…the U.S. would never allow that to happen, it would get in the way of our international dick-waving."

    You are seriously naive when it comes to world politics. You think the U.S. is the only stumbling block to what you have suggested? I can't see Russia, China, India, nor most of the world's other countries agreeing to what you have proposed.

  5. This entire piece displays an incredible lack of understanding of world politics. Speaking for all rational critical thinkers, we are so very glad that you are not the U.S. Secretary of State.

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