I originally completed this yesterday, but it got enough of positive response that I thought that it might be a good idea to post it here.
Yesterday was the anniversary of 9-11, which some Americans consider to be the most significant event in their lives .
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Six years after the September 11 attacks on the United States, most Americans view the plane hijackings that killed around 3,000 people as the most significant historical event of their lives, according to a poll released Monday.
Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they see the attacks as the most significant historical even of their lifetimes, with more people on the east coast — 90 percent — choosing this view compared to 75 percent on the west coast.
The Zogby International telephone poll surveyed 938 people between September 6 and 9 and has a three-of error.
First, I’d like to say that 9-11 is most certainly NOT the most significant event of my life. Number 1: Birth of my daughter. Number 2: Meeting my significant other. 3. Birth of my nieces. So. To me, 9-11 is significant, it just pales in comparison to those events.
What I find notable about 9-11, however, is what events have happened since. Here’s my list.
– One completely justifiable war (against the Taliban)
– One completely un-justifiable war (against Iraq)
– The wasting of an enormous amount of pro-American sentiment
– The pillaging of Bill of Rights and the Constitution
– The utter decimation of the health care system
– Virtual destruction of the public school system nationwide
– The creation of the Homeland Security Agency
When I think about how much money has been spent on the war on Iraq, I think of how the Taliban could have been completely wiped off the face of the planet, or how Osama could have been found, or how schools could have been improved, or how a national health care system could have been created.
The saddest thing about 9-11 is what has occurred since then. We have wasted a lot of time, money, and lives. 9-11 is one of America’s greatest catastrophes… and the aftermath is one of our greatest disasters. We should be ashamed.