It’s unfashionable to make moral equivocations between 9/11 and what the US and its allies have done in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. It was a cruel and malicious act of terrorism, without a doubt, and triggered an amazingly violent – indiscriminately violent – response from the US. The US regime’s reaction to 9/11 was one of those “If A wrongs me, I am going to feel justified in wronging B and C in return.” Except, of course, ‘retaliation’ doesn’t apply when you’re claiming revenge on the wrong target. As the US did, knowingly and deliberately.
Today, nationalists will be beating their chests about freedom and how it was attacked on 9/11, but if they do, they are simply demonstrating that they do not understand what Freedom is; Freedom is not allowing yourself to be led like a bleating sheep by your political leaders, for their own ends. Freedom is not walking right into Osama Bin Laden’s strategy. Freedom is saying “no” when your government starts secretly bombing other nations, other cities, other civilians. Freedom is saying “that is wrong.”
It’s unfashionable to make moral equivocations between 9/11 and what the US and its allies do all the time, but I still cannot help wondering at the wailing and gnashing of teeth that would happen if an American City were subjected to the kind of area bombing that we so unhesitatingly queue up for others? Look at great America, people – waving the red shirt and telling the ‘terrorists’ to be afraid – when we’re doing worse to other people, all the time. One of our chickens came home to roost, and America did an epic freak-out. Imagine what a horrible world we’d live in, if everyone else immediately went on a bloody tear for revenge, for everything the US has done.
VP Pence and War Pig in Chief Mattis spoke in remembrance of 9/11: [cbs]
“We will never forget what took place in this place on that fateful morning,” Pence said at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial, saying he came to the ceremony to “pay a debt of honor and remembrance.”
Pence as well as Mattis said that 17 years after the attacks, the nation has remained empowered in its defense of freedom. “We must learn the lessons of 9/11 and remain ever vigilant in the defense of our nation and our people,” urged Pence.
Learning the lessons of 9/11 would be good, Pence.