Stop Being Afraid. It’s Embarrassing.
9/11 wasn’t executed by Cobra, or Hydra, or SPECTRE; it was 20 guys with box cutters
A few days ago was the 15th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Everyone has already written about the attacks and how they changed us forever ad nauseam, so I will dispense with the detailed breakdown and analysis of the historical enormity of this singular event in our collective social consciousness as a nation. Suffice it to say, 9/11 was bad. Very bad. 3,000 people were murdered without any real provocation or justification. A similar number of Americans died on December 7th, 1941 — but the ratio of military to civilian was a near perfect inverse, proportionally. The difference was it wasn’t a military attack conducted by another nation-state. It was an international criminal organization which embraced terrorism as a strategy to fulfill their ideological goals of removing Westerners from the Arabian Peninsula (and destroying Israel — but that’s a whole other issue).
Sure, they gave themselves a catchy name — “the Base” — and operated in the shadows with operatives spread throughout the globe. But 9/11 wasn’t executed by Cobra, or Hydra, or SPECTRE. It was 20 guys with box cutters, fake bombs, a wad of cash and a willingness to die. The fact that we immediately — and still to this day — talk of the “next” 9/11 being nuclear says a lot. It wasn’t the skill or planning of al Qaeda that brought the World Trade Center down — it was physics and chance. The plan started to fall apart even before it was finished; thanks to the heroic sacrifice of the other passengers on Flight 93. It was traumatic to be sure, and managed to cloud our judgment — but maybe, just maybe we should start shaking away that cloudiness.
Once the oil dries up, Dubai will be the prettiest ghost town in the world
Sure, they were intelligent enough to learn how to fly the planes and understood that they could take advantage of preconceived notions from the 1970s and 1980s about airline hijacking (thanks to the Palestinians; the Libyans would just detonate bombs); but they still needed our planes. They implicitly understood, that they were “fighting” from a position of weakness. Not only did al Qaeda not have an air force with which to attack us, even if they had control of a nation-state, there still aren’t any that indigenously produce anything of significant military value. “Islamic” states have no Zeros nor a Combined Fleet, much less a Yamamoto to lead it. Even the states which are “friendly” to us — like the Saudis that also fund the people trying to kill us — have to buy all of their military equipment from the West, Russia, or China. It’s not like there’s a great deal of “diversity” in the strategic value of the Middle East… as I like to say, once the oil dries up, Dubai will be the prettiest ghost town in the world.
[They are] a pitiful band of illiterate religious militants that have delusions of grandeur in an inhospitable and nigh uninhabitable track of desert.
It’s also worth realizing that although thousands of innocent lives and billions of dollars in damage were inflicted upon us that sunny Tuesday, at the end of that day, they didn’t really do that much — they took out four planes, a couple of buildings, and killed .00001 percent of our population — congratulations. Yet somehow we’re now more terrified of that than actual threats we’ve faced in the past. I don’t know how we went from being the country that utterly and completely defeated the Germans and the Japanese, not to mention staring down the Soviet menace with the specter of global thermonuclear war — to being constantly terrified by a pitiful band of illiterate religious militants that have delusions of grandeur in an inhospitable and nigh uninhabitable track of desert.
It certainly hasn’t done us any good over the last 15 years.
We have fallen prey to the “enemy’s” only real strength; psychology. Yes, they might be able to hit us again. So what? Seriously. We’re a free, open, democratic society. How much liberty and peace of mind should we sacrifice? On the off chance that they kill a fraction of the 30,000 that routinely die every year from car accidents? Or the thousands who are shot, stabbed, or beaten as part of non-terrorism-related crimes? Just because someone declares allegiance to al Qaeda or the “Islamic State” doesn’t mean we have to collectively lose our minds. Forget the discussions about curtailing civil liberties; I don’t see the point in sacrificing thousands of service members and spending trillions of dollars because random assholes try to murder people in the name of God. It certainly hasn’t done us any good over the last 15 years. Sure, we’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here — but we’re not “fighting” over here — we’re overreacting and giving the “bad guys” free press and the ability to add numbers to their scorecard with no effort.
Occasionally you might get a San Bernadino… but how is that any different than Sandy Hook, really?
Why should I be scared because some loner Somali immigrant kid went nuts and ineffectually tried to stab people in a mall before being Mozambique-drilled by an off-duty cop? No one was even seriously injured. Hell… I read about Chinese kids that do more damage with knives in their schools. And the Afghan immigrant guy and his poor family… just because they can’t manage to run a fried chicken joint, and because the kid can’t hang with the neighborhood crowd… he runs off to the AfPak and “finds religion” after knocking up some other immigrant (from the “other” source of scary immigrants) and decides to light off a bunch of pressure-cooker bombs. But this is the important part…
…he didn’t kill anyone. Hell, the two Chechen kids managed to pull off a better attack, and they’re not even on the list of people that I constantly hear we should be banning or profiling because they were holders of Russian passports!
So stop giving them credit. Stop being afraid of them. It’s been 15 years since 9/11 and this kind of pathetic stuff is the best they’ve managed to pull off… underwear and shoe bombs. Fertilizer and propane tanks rigged with road flares in Times Square. Occasionally you might get a San Bernadino… but how is that any different than Sandy Hook, really?
If you think they can pull of “another 9/11” you are woefully naïve and part of the problem.