September 11th 2001, I was in Calculus I at Southwestern Michigan College. Classes were cancelled and I rushed to a friend’s house to see the news. I knew we had been attacked, and that made us mad as hell. All we wanted was to find out who did it so we could strike back.
Now, twelve years later, we can see that we lost more than the 3,000+ individuals who died that day. We have lost the freedoms of 300,000,000. We were attacked not only by enemies on the outside, we were attacked by enemies on the inside. Our leadership played into these terrorists’ hands by eliminating the very freedoms we were told that we were attacked for. In hindsight, it appears that the terrorists have won at this point. The Constitution is no longer followed; the Bill of Rights is in shambles. We now are a nation that follows a policy of pre-emptive war, otherwise known as offensive war. We have lost our moral standing among our neighbors in the world. Since 9/11, we have fallen headfirst into a surreal topsey -turvey world where wrong is right, slavery is freedom, the loss of privacy is the expectation, freedom from speech is the norm. Our police have become militarized, and we hear that those who want liberty are now terror suspects. We are told that we must relinquish our rights for the safety of our nation when in fact, our government has but one job and that is to secure our rights. It is illogical to think that by giving up our rights we are safer or more secure. This course only leads to abject slavery and the destruction of the individual. As our Rights disappear, we become less and less secure.
We do a disservice to those that died on September 11th 2001 by not standing up to our Representatives and Government. When we remain silent while they steal our freedoms, we give the victory to the terrorists.