9/11 and the nature of capitalism: “The once-distant prospect of terrorism has become an inescapable reality”

Exploring the Nature of Capitalism

It is now 10 years since the events of 9/11, but the date and the events remain fresh in the minds of Western people everywhere.

Another year has passed and, once again, we have remembered the tragedy of September 11th 2001. But, this should not just be a time to remember the dead, it should also be a time of serious reflection.

The late Henry Hyde, then chairman of the U. S. Committee on International Relations, explained its consequences clearly:
With the September 11 attacks on the United States, the once-distant prospect of terrorism has become an inescapable reality for all Americans. The impact of this assault is greater than the tally of physical destruction, greater even than the tragic loss of life. The images forced into our lives are permanent ones.
The realization that human beings are capable of performing such deeds forces us to accept that evil still exists among us, especially in our modern era when many had hoped it might be abolished altogether…

But what does this mean?

  • Are we now to live in permanent fear in our own country and adopt a defensive crouch as part of our national character?
  • Do we remake our country and communities into fortresses?
  • Must we sacrifice our entire foreign policy agenda in order to address this suddenly urgent problem?

Events, since that day, demonstrate the truth of Henry Hyde’s observation:

The realization that human beings are capable of performing such deeds forces us to accept that evil still exists among us…

Our response to the tragedy compels us to ask those questions once again:

  • Do we now live in permanent fear in our own countries?
  • Have we adopted a defensive crouch as part of our national character?
  • Have we remade our countries and communities into fortresses?
  • Have we sacrificed our foreign policy agenda in order to address what has become a perennially urgent problem?
  • Have we, in responding to the perceived terrorist threats of the past ten years,
    • forfeited our freedoms,
    • and created hidden, poorly regulated institutions to root out both real and imagined threats in our own countries and communities?
  • Have we trampled on the rights and freedoms of other countries and communities in our determination to protect ourselves from new assaults (whether real or imagined), not only to intercept and frustrate them, but to eliminate new threats at their source?

If the answer to any or all of these is ‘Yes’ then we have headed down a dangerous path.

Henry Hyde’s vision of the future might well be mild compared to that which we will bequeath our children and their descendants.

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3 Responses to “9/11 and the nature of capitalism: “The once-distant prospect of terrorism has become an inescapable reality””

  1. Markus Sadolsky says:

    fantastic piece of writing. I won’t be able to believe its the 10 calendar year 9/11 anniversary date previously. I do not treatment just what the newspaper and tv states, it can be rather evident it absolutely was a untrue flag attack through the U . s . government. Osama Obama was basically the particular funded puppet. Almost everything the USA federal government states as reality is entire absurdity. Time most of us say prayers for our missing associates and spouse and children.

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