- Politics and Social Issues
It’s 9/11 again, and We Shouldn’t Forget
It’s 9/11, so let’s remember.
2. Let’s remember the almost 9,000 U.S. soldiers, contractors and civilian personnel that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting wars we were conned into fighting.
3. Let’s remember the 19,295 Afghan and Iraq security forces that have been killed in these wars.
4. Let’s remember the 126,000 Iraqi civilians who have died due to the war, the almost 15,000 Afghans who have died, and the estimated 36,000 Pakistani civilians who have died due to our war on terror. Yes, let’s remember.
5. Let’s remember the few thousand people who have been tortured in Guantanamo, Bagram and other U.S. bases in our name and justified by the war on terror.
6. Let’s remember the billions of dollars companies like Halliburton (with ties to former VP and Iraq War pimp Dick Cheney), Blackwater and other military contractors have made off these unnecessary wars.
7. Let’s remember the $4 trillion dollars we have spent on these two Near East mis-adventures.
8. Let’s remember the millions of jobs lost for teachers, police, social workers and others who can longer make a living helping people because there is no more money left due to the war funding. Let's also remember that Military spending is the WORST way to create jobs.
9. Let’s remember the freedoms lost due to the post 9/11 panic and fear. The passing of the Patriot Act and the NDAA were due to our reaction to 9/11 and the ensuing call to arms. Yes, let’s not forget our lost freedoms.
10. Let’s remember the increased racism and hatred of others in the United States, especially those of Middle Eastern decent and the Muslim religion. I am sure if you are a Muslim, Middle Eastern, or other non-white, you remember this vividly.
11. Let’s remember that in 2011, 41 states paid a significant amount of their budget to support the wars, and about 32 of them would have no deficit at all if they didn’t have to spend money supporting these wars.
Yes, let’s not forget 9/11 and how it was used to start two wars that almost exclusively benefitted the 1% while ruining our economy.