On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, what have we done in the past 15 years — in the Middle East, here at home? Are we safer? Are we freer?
The death toll in the West’s modern wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East is probably well over 4 million. And, late last month, Pres. Barack Obama quietly extended a “national emergency” first declared by Pres. George W. Bush in the first days after 9/11 suggesting there’s no end in sight to the global war on terror.
On September 12, 2001, the late, great gonzo journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson neatly predicted the next 15 years:
The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.
In 2016, even the mainstream media has to admit Thompson was right. On September 6, Greg Myre, international editor for NPR wrote:
“[S]ince the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States has been fighting every single day for 15 straight years, the longest unbroken period in American history. The U.S. has carried out airstrikes, sent in ground forces, or both, in seven countries stretching from Pakistan in the east to Libya in the west. None of these conflicts has been resolved, and all signs point to years of strife ahead.”
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