I can see it now.  Jacked up pickup trucks are driving in town with huge American flags flying.  Old veterans of foreign wars are speaking at engagements.  News anchors are proudly displaying miniature flag lapel pins on their coat collars.  Politicians are making grand speeches about the splendors of the American way of life.  Loud speakers are playing “God Bless the USA” and “This Land is Your Land” (with the last stanzas purposely cut off).  The Democrats are saying Osama Bin Laden is dead because of President Obama.  The Republicans are saying Osama Bin Laden is dead because of the policies of President Bush.  This is America on 9/11…this is patriotism…

Do we celebrate 9/11 or do we mourn it?  Is today a day of national mourning, a day when a handful of “plotters” pulled off the biggest act of terror on American soil to date or is today a day of celebration, a day when the whole nation came together, where all believed in America the beautiful?  A question of this nature would be almost impossible to answer if posed to your average American.  Why?  Well…because your average American doesn’t experience much terrorism.  This question should be posed to people who experience terrorism at a more frequent rate.  People located in the developing nations…people of faltering democracies…people of failed states…people of the 3rd world…people whom most Americans deem unfit and worthless..life not worth a 5 dollar sponsorship.

Instead of asking Joe the plumber if 9/11 should be celebrated or mourned, ask people who survived the Bay of Pigs invasion, an act of United States terrorism in the sovereign country of Cuba.  See if the survivors mourned or celebrated America dropping bombs on them and machine gunning down innocent citizens.

Instead of asking Sally the stylist if 9/11 should be celebrated or mourned, ask the people who survived the American War in Vietnam, an act of United States terrorism in the sovereign country of Vietnam.  See if the survivors mourned or celebrated America napalming and raping their children while exercising a scorched Earth policy from coast to coast, destroying most of Vietnam’s jungle.

Instead of asking Bob the baker should 9/11 be celebrated or mourned, ask the people who survived drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, acts of United States terrorism in those sovereign countries.  See if the survivors mourned or celebrated being shot upon with 50 caliber machine guns and rockets by a small, computer guided planes.

If your answer is yes, 9/11 should be mourned, well then so should the above mentioned acts of terrorism committed by America be mourned.  Terrorism isn’t just when a perpetrator orchestrates an attack between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, or below Canada and above Mexico, terrorism is the “systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion”.  In regular people’s terms, terrorism is the use of force to make another country do as you please.  Imperialism and neocolonialism both fall under that umbrella.

—————————————————————>I HAVE AN IDEA!!<————————————————————

Instead of celebrating or mourning what happened 11 years ago to this day, spend your 9/11 studying American foreign policy.  I’m not in any way, shape, or form condoning the “attacks” that took place on that dreadful day, I’m simply saying that what goes around often times comes around.  American cannot keep throwing the boomerang of terrorism into the world then get upset when it comes back to its sender.  As Malcolm X once said “The chickens come home to roost”.  You tell me if he’s right…

God bless all the victims of 9/11 and the subsequent victims of the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, Abu-Garib Prison, the PATRIOT ACT, NDAA, CISPA, TSA, NYPD monitoring, drones, and Guantanamo Bay.

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  1. Schlüter says:

    Malcolm X was right, the chicken at times come home to roost, but Nine Eleven wasn´t of that sort: http://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/remember-the-11th-of-september/ !
    Andreas Schlüter
    Sociologist
    Berlin, Germany

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