Posted by: erinserb | September 7, 2011

9/11; enough already!

It was a horrible day, 9/11/2001; such a low time in American history.  We have paid dearly in the loss of the victims, and families of the victims whose lives will never be the same again.

We’ve also paid dearly with a War on Terrorism, which perverted itself to an invasion of two countries, 5,000 American troops dead, countless others maimed on both sides, at least a trillion dollars spent ad nauseam.   Oh, and remember the tax cuts that didn’t pay for these wars either…good job George Bush and his ilk.

I am a U.S. Navy veteran from a different era – think post Vietnam era in the late 1970’s.  We were not at war then, but we had a different type of war – the Cold War, in which we were always a “hair trigger” from WWIII.    These things seemed sterile to us at the time, i.e. how many missiles did the Soviet’s have, what did we have, Mutally Assured Destruction etc.  We didn’t seem to go on and on about that time in our history – though the outcomes would have made 9/11 seem like a small popgun incident.

I am tired of hearing about 9/11!  Why?  Because it is thrown at us from all angles; just turn on your television or pick up a magazine; anyone for that matter.  It was a day that all of us will remember, including where we were at and what we were doing.   10 year anniversaries deserve to be remembered with dignity and discretion – none of that exists with 9/11; it will always hang around our generational neck.

Why don’t we remember the “never again another Vietnam”?  It has just been playing out over the last 10 years, but the record keeps playing over and over again….just like 9/11.  Let’s celebrate our accomplishments and build our nation back up with innovative programs to get people back to work.  I doubt many people who are jobless think much about 9/11 or terrorism, they just want their lives and liberties back again.

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