As September 11, 2017 came and went, I was aware that it was the anniversary of the World Trade Center destruction. Usually, over the years that I’ve been blogging, I would post something related to that event. But this year I just had no inspiration to write about it.
This blogger notes as I did inwardly, that there were very few blog pieces or even news stories from the controlled media about 9/11/01. I also wondered why.
Have we forgotten, in 16 years, what happened on that day? 3,000+ people lost their lives. Those deaths should not have happened. So many decent people’s lives snuffed out, horribly.
Why the apparent indifference? Well, silence does not mean indifference, as in my case; I was deeply affected emotionally and mentally by the attack and the many deaths. I was in a kind of shock for some time afterward; it was traumatic to realize how vulnerable our country was, and how our feeling of security was obviously not grounded in reality.
But are many Americans somehow indifferent or even callous about those many dead people?
First, one thing that is a factor in this change over the last 16 years is that many people who were alive back then are now no longer with us; the older people who were alive then have passed on. The young adults who make up a lot of the voices on the Internet were young children back in 2001, and have no memory of those events, or only a vague one; the event doesn’t have much emotional resonance for them.
Another factor: today there is so much more cyncism and disbelief as to what actually did happen on 9/11/2001 in New York City, in Washington, D.C., and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It seems that most of the online commentary believes that planes crashing into the WTC towers did not cause the collapse of the buildings, and some even say there ‘were no planes.’ Most people I talk to seem to think that there was at least some foreknowledge by those in power that this attack was coming, and that they ‘let it happen’, at least, much as with Pearl Harbor.
Personally? I don’t know what actually happened, except that I don’t question (as some do) the fact that thousands of people died. I mean, there are those who say in all seriousness that those people who were supposedly on the planes which supposedly hit the towers were actually just spirited away and given new identities. Sometimes these theories get way out of control and posit what to me are implausible scenarios.
I believe that yes, Islamic fanatics carried out the attack. It’s what they do. No need to make up alternative stories which absolve Moslems of the main guilt.
Was there a Jewish/Israeli/Mossad role in the attack? That’s a claim that is pressed by a lot of people.
The net result of all these conflicting stories is that many people don’t know what to believe, and no longer trust their common sense, or even their five senses. We live in a cynical age, dominated by postmodernism, which denies even the existence of objective truth.
We are also, sad to say, living in a time in which there has developed a certain callousness towards our fellow citizens, a coldness which is in part due to the obvious efforts to divide our folk every which way. It’s worked, to a great extent. We are a divided people.
Right after 9/11, I was still living in a big city, and a local fast food restaurant had a sign reading ‘United We Stand‘, — followed by ‘Celebrate Diversity.‘
That’s the story in a nutshell; the two ideas are in opposition. We are a diverse nation in every possible way, and there can be no unity in such a society, not even a coming together in mourning.