As I wrote last year, Sept 11 has a different meaning to people depending on their age. 21 years ago, I had a young family, and little did I know, life would change far beyond anything I could comprehend. This weekend, we remember the 2,996 Americans who lost their lives and those who died from health complications from the events on that day. We will resume regular blog entries next week.
It’s tough to believe it’s been 20 years since Terrorists changed America forever. On September 11, 2001, I was driving to work listening to the news on 1070 WIBC when the first plane hit the North Tower, and I remember thinking it was such an awful accident. However, when the second plane hit the South Tower, something else was clearly going on. That day was full of bad news after bad news, with the Pentagon attack and Flight 93 crashing in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and I’ll never forget it.
We’ve had other historical events in the past, such as Pearl Harbour, where 2403 military and civilians were killed in 1941. That attack triggered the United States’ entry into World War II the next day. American involvement in the war lasted four years, from 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, to 1945, when Japan and Germany were defeated.
The 9/11 attacks, which killed 2,996 Americans, were in peacetime and a first for the United States. This led to the 20-year conflict in the middle east, which we just “ended.” I say “ended” because even though we cut the head off the snake by killing Osama bin Laden, we didn’t end the war. The evil that is the Taliban survived and took over an ENTIRE COUNTRY in a matter of weeks. I can’t help but think we’ll be back; it’s only a matter of time…
After 9/11, the United States came together in unity. There was a feeling of patriotism, as we had a common enemy*. So many freedoms we had before the attacks were restricted in the name of security (remember flying prior to 9/11?), and even though we didn’t like it, we accepted it and moved on with our lives. Unfortunately, as the years passed, we slowly drifted back to the complacency we had pre-disaster. Then COVID-19 attacked us…
Fast forward to today, where we had another opportunity to rally as a nation with the COVID-19 epidemic, but we failed miserably to come together as a nation again. Instead of joining forces to fight another common enemy, killing with impunity, we raised our defenses and ignored common sense that would have eradicated the virus.
As of today, we’ve had 677,737 American deaths attributed to COVID-19, with more dying every day. New variants are not helping the situation, but the real issue is people refusing to get vaccinated only to get sick, spread the virus, and in some cases, die from it.
While I’m not a fan of government overreach, I feel like we did this to ourselves by playing doctor and pretending to know more than science. Now we’re seeing the US Government force our hand and start rolling out vaccine mandates. Unfortunately, I think the anti-vaxers will dig their heels in, and we’re going to see more civil unrest, not unlike what we saw last year in the United States.
I hope I’m wrong…
*I’m going to keep my personal thoughts about 9/11 out of this post because now is not the time. This weekend we remember the 2,996 Americans who lost their lives and those who died from health complications from the events on that day.