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fifteen years..... - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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fifteen years.....
I've been thinking a lot about 2001 lately, but not because of the anniversary that we have today, but rather because 2001 was the year I moved into the building that we just vacated.

The disaster porn and "never forget" idiocy that keeps getting perpetuated on the anniversary generally makes me ill. I live in New York City. I sat on my sofa in the living room with my eyes glued to the TV. It is quite simply impossible for me to forget that day in general and in particular that one moment when the second plane hit, as, in that nanosecond, everything changed. What had been an awful accident suddenly became an attack.

What 9/11 did in the short term was show how amazing people can be in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, as this city in particular and the world in general came together amazingly. What it did in the long term was show how absolutely stupid and idiotic and harmful people can be in the longer aftermath, as we gleefully gave up liberties and went along with craven awfulness and morally reprehensible behavior because we fooled ourselves into thinking it necessary. The damage done to the very fabric of what makes us what we are is still in the process of being repaired fifteen years later. We still have to go through the most ridiculous and pointless nonsense just to board a plane. We still have governmental intrusion on our private lives that was unimaginable fifteen years and one day ago. And we still have a giant pile of corpses in Afghanistan and Iraq that are only there because of our wrongheaded response to that attack.

Because of what happened fifteen years ago today, the country came together. Because of what happened fifteen years ago today, the country fell apart.

Other things I've said about the events of 11 September 2001 in the past:

My thoughts on the day, and the days after, as they happened.
The one-year anniversary in 2002.
The four-year anniversary in 2005.
The six-year anniversary in 2007.
The whole nonsense in 2010 about "the mosque at Ground Zero," which was neither of those things.
Musings on the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful
Current Music: "Every Breath You Take" by Sting

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stripeyseven From: stripeyseven Date: September 12th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I share your sentiment, although I don't like saying "the world changed," as so many do, because in reality it was only many Americans' picture of the world that changed. I already knew there were many abroad who'd like to do something like that, and was surprised only by the fact that they succeeded.

With respect to the hyper-patriotism in the weeks immediately following, it so happened that my mother had a lump removed during this interval, and I visited her in the ICU. I noticed the flags and patriotic music coming from the TV, and surmising this couldn't be good for her mood (my parents were who I got my radicalism from), asked if she'd like me to turn it off, which she confirmed. She added that she'd had it turned off earlier, and then someone had turned it on again.
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