“9/11” gets a lot of attention in the United States, for good reason. But it doesn’t generate much thought.
I don’t normally touch contemporary political issues here on Sillyverse, by design. Still, I have a few words to say about the significance of 9/11. So I’ve sent them over to another blog, No Humble Opinion. The posting is entitled “Twelve years since 9/11 — so are we better off?”
I’m not going to be regularly cross posting between blogs. They have different purposes, and different intended audiences. So you won’t see any links to new postings on No Humble Opinion over here after this.
As a non-American, living in a country used to terrorist attacks (when the IRA stopped, others started), I was interested to know what you’d have to say. I found an honest appraisal and would recommend the reading to everyone.
You raise a good point. Americans, myself included, are rather myopic about terrorism and political violence. Ever since the mid-1970s, it’s been a very occasional thing here, unlike, say, in Northern Ireland or in Israel and Palestine. (Or Sri Lanka, Nepal, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan, Colombia, etc., etc.) We also have a habit of going on moral crusades, both domestically and in foreign affairs. Hence our involvement in the Middle East was initially enthusiastic, until we couldn’t identify the good guys any more. Much of what I’ve written over in the other blog can be read as an analysis of the domestic consequences of that moral crusade.
I wonder if the Medieval crusaders came to the same conclusions.
Certainly the Templars must have wondered who the good guys were when they were arrested by the French king!