Living in shadows
September 11 attacks still relevant today
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:09
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center that left 2,996 dead in New York City in 2001.
At 8:46 a.m., terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the northern World Trade Center tower.
A second plane crashed into the southern tower just 15 minutes later.
People around the world stood in awe and terror as the two buildings burned and collapsed to the ground.
Now, the One World Trade Center sits nearly complete as their replacement and the U.S. seems to have recovered from the atrocity.
But has it really?
More than a decade has passed and the country still occupies the countries it invaded to eradicate terrorism and make the world a safer place.
An estimated 6,668 American lives have been lost in the current war effort — which is not very “safe.”
In 2011 President Obama announced, “Justice has been served,” after Osama Bin Laden was killed.
If the war on terror was started for “justice,” then why is the U.S. still involved, in spite of the fact that its chief objective was met two years?
According to the National Priorities Project, the U.S. has spent just under $1.5 trillion on wars in the Middle East since 2001.
This last year the U.S. spent more on defense than China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan and France combined.
It is painfully obvious that the war was not only started to reach justice, but to expand U.S. interests and influence in the Middle East.
On the surface it would seem that the 12-year-old wounds have healed.
But with acts of terror just as common now than they were in 2001, America has not come close to making the world a more peaceful place.
The country has become the thing it sought to destroy.