I wish there existed an organization (and there probably does, I just haven’t looked) dedicated to commemorating September 10. Dedicated to remembering what life in this country was like before September 11, 2001. Before this country lost its collective mind, and embarked on what The Onion aptly called “Operation Piss Off the Planet.”
When you poke a hornet’s nest with a stick, and the hornets swarm out and sting you, there are two courses of subsequent action you can take. You can choose to learn the lesson that nature has taught you — leave the hornets alone and they will leave you alone. Or, you can, quite irrationally, declare war on hornets, and vow to eliminate hornets from the face of the earth. America has chosen poorly. And by all accounts there are more hornets swarming today than there were five years ago.
Some would argue that these hornets do not respect the “hands off” mentality, and they will not, in fact, just “leave us alone.” But before one attempts to support this claim by citing incidents such as WTC ’93, Khobar Towers, African embassies, and the USS Cole, one needs to make sure that the stick isn’t being poked by someone else. The government is too big and complex to believe that all of the potential sticks can be controlled. These are the “foreign entanglements” of which we were warned by Washington.
I pray that I live to see the end of the “Post-9/11 Era,” and an end to all of the nonsense Americans have had to endure the past five years (that I predicted). I pray that Osama Bin Laden will eventually be proven wrong when he said in October 2001, “I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people into an unbearable hell and a choking life.” If not, then the terrorists will have won.