Saturday, September 12, 2009

Reflections on the War on Terror

Where were you yesterday morning, eight-years ago?

I remember exactly where I was. I was working for a medium-sized financial software company, and I had been busily typing away on a tight deadline. I had got in early that morning, so around 9am when my co-workers started to arrive, I had already been in the office for a few hours.

“Did you see what happened,” one of my co-workers said as she came in.

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I had no idea what she was talking about, and when she told me a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, I didn’t believe her.

Then more colleagues came in, saying another plane had crashed into the other twin tower.

We didn’t have a TV at the office, but we all had Internet access, so we all were watching the horrific events of September 11, 2001 unfold on the various news websites. I was on – which kept updating their front page with the latest headlines – this was long before live video-streaming was popular online. In fact, there were so many “hits” on the site, that it eventually crashed.

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When news spread of the collapse of the first tower, we were all in shock. The office was located above a shopping mall, and there was a RadioShack downstairs.

We hustled downstairs, and gathered around people from other offices and shoppers in the mall at the RadioShack, all trying to see the live coverage on the TVs for sale.

I don’t think anyone got much work done that day – we were all so wrapped up in the events which eventually launched the American “War on Terror,” dramatically increased the security at all airports and border crossings, and changed the world in many other ways.

The attacks on the World Trade Centers eight-years ago really did change the world. The most powerful nation on the planet had taken a major hit, and since then, as been involved in a war which sees no end, has cost thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars.

It’s even involved a beheading or two – probably more – but these gruesome acts pale into comparison to the tragic oil-greedy American invasion of Iraq.

Despite former American President George W. Bush’s claims, and later Former Secretary of State Colin Powel’s presentation to the United Nations (UN) at the time, the American’s never were able to prove Iraq’s perceived threat. At the time, they claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and were trying to sway the UN security council to get on-board the attack the Americans were about to engage in.

“You are either with us, or you are with the terrorists,” threatened then Am

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erican President George W. Bush – the ultimate bully in the so-called “War on Terror.”

President Bush created a war machine which immediately sought justice for the attacks of the Pentagon and the World Trade Center eight-years ago. Within hours after the attacks, they had already started spreading rumors that it was Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, Iraq, and Saddam Hussein.

The Americans began bombing Afghanistan to get Bin Laden – destroying the infrastructure, displacing millions of innocent civilians, killing thousands – but never ever catching Bin Laden. For all we know, Bin Laden is living the good life in the States, protected by the very people supposedly out to get him – with or maybe even without their knowing it.

Despite the UN’s uneasiness in what was obviously an American-led war to secure more oil in the Middle East, Afghanistan became a humanitarian cause. Now the UN gets involved, not to defend American interests, but to police a wild country, where even the local population has been pitted against each other, just to survive.

Canada, being a strong supporter of the UN since its inception has sent thousands of Canadian soldiers to

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Afghanistan, resulting in far too many Canadian deaths for a war which should never have occurred in the first place.

Canadian soldiers will probably continue to die in the Middle East – most likely in Iraq, when the UN will eventually tackle the latest American Viet Nam.

Viet Nam was a war to stop the spread of Communism, started by the ever-trigger-happy Americans. The war was so poorly planned, it turned into a blood bath for both sides, with no real winner, but many losers.

Iraq is just like Viet Nam – it has been poorly planned, organized, and should never have happened. It has resulted in continuous deaths of Americans, and locals, and there is no clear winner – but again – many losers.

I remember where I was on September 11, 2001 – and worse – I see how our planet has been scorched by it, in ways we will never be able to repair.

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