Last year 9/11 was very significant. It was the 10 year anniversary and the memorials in New York were mostly completed along with the building that replaces the originals. But it was also the first 9/11 that Osama bin Laden didn’t get to see. It seems almost like the era of mourning is over and now we begin the process of moving on. Like the story is over.
The story is far from over. US citizens lost their lives due to a lunatic sure. But the lunatic’s actions were based on a worldview that the United States gets in everyone’s business and should stay out. Our decision to move troops into Iraq and Afghanistan have done nothing to alleviate that world view. Sure some see the good we do in rebuilding infrastructure, but others see their friends and relatives being killed by Americans. Sometimes accidentally.
And yes, it’s possible to support troops while not supporting what they’ve been asked to do. Some say that’s not true, but I would guess they’ve never been to Walter Reed. The US has last over 6000 soldiers in these countries so far, and the loss isn’t over yet. This does not include the thousands more than suffered awful trauma leaving them physically disabled or in many cases mentally traumatized.
9/11 started out as a singular event with stories of heroism and loss of mostly US civilians in Washington, Pennsylvania, and New York. It was pure terror. But we still feel the effects of that day 11 years later. 9/11 is not a day that is ready for the history books. The history of that day is still being written.