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9/11 and perpetual war

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Before Sept. 11, 2001, the United States mainland had never been attacked by any foreign power. The closest to this was the bombing of the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 by fighter planes of the Japanese imperial navy. The attack led the United States directly into the Pacific and European theaters of World War II. America declared war on Japan the following day, putting to a close the domestic debate on the wisdom of openly opposing Japanese and German aggression. Three days later, for its support of Britain, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States.

What is ironic about the 9/11 attacks is that they were launched not by a country but by a small group of individuals who, fired by religious zeal, have sworn to destroy America.  Their weapons were not the nuclear bombs that kept the world on edge during the Cold War, but hijacked passenger planes that were crashed against the symbols of American power.

For all the terror and the mayhem inflicted by the 9/11 attacks, no one seriously thought that the United States was in any real danger of being destroyed or subjugated in this manner. Osama bin Laden, the evil mind behind 9/11, intended these strikes to be mainly symbolic, even as they aimed to inflict maximum damage. His objective was to send a message that challenged American supremacy on the world stage, and to expose its vulnerability. He probably hoped that other groups would be so inspired by this well-executed portrait of large-scale violence that they would be emboldened to mount their own asymmetrical wars against America.

Some people who rabidly hate America did rejoice when television screens all over the world showed commandeered airplanes being slammed against the twin towers of the World Trade Center in downtown New York. But the global emotional tide quickly turned against the hijackers when it became known that thousands of innocent human beings of various races, religions and nationalities perished in this unspeakable carnage. Their deaths could not be dismissed as mere collateral damage in a war whose objectives were at best archaic, and at worst irrational. Thus, instead of awe, the 9/11 attacks elicited worldwide anger against terrorists who would cynically exploit the religious commitments of individuals in a perverse campaign against the United States.

Those weeks after 9/11, when people of all creeds and convictions came together in solemn prayer to grieve for those who died needlessly, and saluted the firefighters who selflessly entered the burning buildings to rescue those who were trapped inside – those were America’s shining moments. They showed a people who, drawing deeply from inner strength, could bear tragedy gracefully.

All this began to dim however when America’s leaders decided to go to war, first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq. The action in Afghanistan, justified as a manhunt for Bin Laden and the al-Qaeda chieftains who were suspected to be hiding in that country, got the blessing of the United Nations Security Council. Many countries joined in this effort even after the manhunt for Bin Laden turned into a full-scale war against Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. But, long after a new government favored by the United States had been installed, the whereabouts of Bin Laden and his gang remained unknown.

Soon, America opened another front in its “war against global terrorism.” Although it could not prove any link between al-Qaida and Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein, the United States invaded this oil-rich country on the pretext that it posed a danger to the world by keeping weapons of mass destruction. Unable to convince the UN Security Council, America turned to its allies to assemble a “Coalition of the Willing.” The Iraq invasion sparked a prolonged war that subdued Saddam’s army and drove him into hiding. He was later captured, tried and hanged. But no weapons of mass destruction were found because Iraq never had any. The collapse of Saddam’s regime activated all the fault lines that crosscut Iraqi society. Today, a new US-sponsored government is in place, but there is no peace in Iraq. American troops are still there, as they are in Afghanistan.

Some websites keep track of the casualties (www.icasualties.org/oif) and the costs (www. costofwar.com) of these wars. To date, these two wars, launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, have cost the American people more than $1 trillion –roughly the equivalent of what America owes China today. American soldiers killed in Iraq number 4,792. International occupation forces killed in Afghanistan are placed at 2,706.  Shocking as they are to American families who lost loved ones in these wars, these numbers pale in comparison to the 1.5 million Iraqis who have perished in a still unfinished war.

Financially drained and exhausted by military expeditions abroad and the economic crisis at home, the United States under President Obama deftly avoided funding another war in Libya this year. But its Nato allies have followed the American example of waging unprovoked wars against sovereign nations, on the pretext of protecting civilians and aiding democracy.

More than 200 years ago, the philosopher Immanuel Kant laid down six conditions for what he called “perpetual peace” among nations. Two of these could have been meant for America. One says: “No national debt shall be contracted in connection with the foreign affairs of the nation.” The other states: “No nation shall forcibly interfere with the constitution and government of another.”

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  • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley

    Unless they can explain to me why the third building collapsed without being hit with anything, I will continue to believe that the 9/11 was an inside job. Explain to me why the building 7 collapsed together with the two towers.

    • Anonymous

      You need help.  Go to:   youtubeDOTcom/watch?v=GodGViR7T4I

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5JDKBWO2Z5H5X4CRE3KS3VVNIA Caloycoy

    According to the survivors, first-hand media correspondents: “There were bombs planted in the building.”

    2 Building collapse at a free fall because of a jet? Wow. Fiction!

    • Anonymous

      all your crazy conspiracy ideas are easily explained here  :  youtubeDOTcom/watch?v=GodGViR7T4I

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WR6SH3N3WQEBU4MK2SWETDSVXY Mon Saloo

    still another conspiracy theory- please spare us another idiotic one! the us will wage war when and where it wants-without resorting first to staging such actions.

    with this mentality, you are making such hideous acts of the terrorists harmless. let’s just hope nothing of the kind happens to you or any of your loved ones in your lifetime.

    good luck to all caloycoys, fawleys, adamsons and the likes out there!

    • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley

      I am not a conspiracy theorist. I’m only a man who cannot understand why a building would collapsed on its own. Do you think we are small numbers who are suspicious of the 9/11 tragedy? You are dead wrong! Most americans are now suspicious of the story told to them regarding the 9/11 tower collapsed. Many metallurgical engineers, physicist, and architects in the universities like Yale, MIT, and Harvard question the collapsed of the two buildings, let alone the collapsed of building 7 which was not hit at all. OPEN your mind and look at the other side of the arguments as well.

  • Anonymous

    The first sentence said: before 9/11 the US mainland had never been attacked by a foreign power. The British burned Washington, DC, in 1812 and that war spread into the Great Lakes region and the Gulf shores. Please check your history books.

  • http://pinoy-politics.blogspot.com Monsi Serrano

    I hope the American culture of arrogance and superiority will cease to operate in their psyche, lest they become a target of hatred and violence (even violence is not justified at all). The reason why people fail is not because they were weak, but because they thought they were strong.

    • Anonymous

      I just hope people would be very specific and separate the U.S. government’s foreign policy from the mainstream “American culture”. I have made a lot of friends here in the U.S. and I found them no different than most Filipinos. I swear many ordinary Americans do not even know (or care) a lot things about Washington politics.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TKVMJF7Z4GJTE3WSJMXSLQ6EYM Simon

        Uy balat sibuyas oh… I am assuming you’re intelligent enough to know the difference. But let me tell you this, by and large, Americans are arrogant. Sadly, you don’t live up to your surname, Liwanag. Mukhang malabo at madilim na ang pananaw mo. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. 

  • http://twitter.com/Rhymzilog Rhym Zilog

    There were just three questions that flashed in my mind that I hope everybody who posted their comments and sentiments in this article can answer both logically.

    1. What would be the world order do you think now if America did not join WWII and ignored the Japanese
        attack in Pearl Harbor, allowing the Germany to successfully established its empire in Europe, Italy to
        rule the Central Asia and the Japanese Empire to reign in Asia Pacific?

    2. What would be the world order now if America and the Allied Forces did not interfered in Middle East
        conflict allowing Saddam Hussein to conquer all GCC countries and Iran afterwards leading to revival of 
        the Babylon Empire?

     
    3. Which country with its people support is willing go to war to lead and retake an invaded nation and   
        restore the legitimate ruler of that country?

    Now to what I can say to most people with sentiments. Most seems preoccupied arguing about media things perceived to be the facts and mere curiosity to satisfy their egocentric summation of probabilities without considering the end effect of chosen action and decision that will affect the future order.

    Understandably, that most people here don’t play chess and do not posses the analytical mind of a great a chess player. These people are satisfied to make their conclusions immediately out of the chess opening  without foreseeing the possible end game result. Marami talagang taong miron lang at mga taong nakabase lang sa nababasa nila at nadidinig at muwang sa kaalaman sa mga tunay na pangyayari. Katulad na lang pag may nakita sa papawirin na kakaibang lumilipad o pangyayari eh UFO o TIME PORTAL or WORM HOLE daw. Set your mind out of the MATRIX world and you will know the real truth. Educate your mind with high science and technology and you will have your best defense and shield against deceiving perception. This article perhaps was served for your entertainment only.

     

  • http://twitter.com/Rhymzilog Rhym Zilog

    There were just three questions that flashed in my mind that
    I hope everybody who posted their comments and sentiments in this article can
    answer both logically.

    1. What would be the world order do you think now if America did not join WWII
    and ignored the Japanese
        attack in Pearl Harbor, allowing the Germany to successfully
    established its empire in Europe, Italy to
        rule the Central Asia and the Japanese Empire to reign in
    Asia Pacific?

    2. What would be the world order now if America
    and the Allied Forces did not interfered in Middle East
        conflict allowing Saddam Hussein to conquer all GCC
    countries and Iran
    afterwards leading to revival of 
        the Babylon Empire?

     
    3. Which country with its people support is willing to go to war to lead and
    retake an invaded nation and   
        restore the legitimate ruler of that country?

    Now to what I can say to most people with sentiments. Most seems preoccupied
    arguing about media things perceived to be the facts and mere curiosity to
    satisfy their egocentric summation of probabilities without considering the end
    effect of chosen action and decision that will affect the future order.

    Understandably, that most people here don’t play chess and do not posses the
    analytical mind of a great a chess player. These people are satisfied to make
    their conclusions immediately out of the chess opening  without foreseeing
    the possible end game result. Marami talagang taong miron lang at mga taong
    nakabase lang sa nababasa nila at nadidinig at muwang sa kaalaman sa mga tunay
    na pangyayari. Katulad na lang pag may nakita sa papawirin na kakaibang
    lumilipad o pangyayari eh UFO o TIME PORTAL or WORM HOLE daw. Set your mind out
    of the MATRIX world and you will know the real truth. Educate your mind with
    high science and technology and you will have your best defense and shield
    against deceiving perception. This article perhaps was served for mind entertainment only.

  • Anonymous

    you see spoken like a true american racist as ever refrence to Kool aid as in afro americans u must be from the XTIAN mILITIA the Klu KLUX KLAN google this every one you will see the truth



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