It is now officially 5 years since the horrific events of September 11th. A day that affected so many people in so many ways, and we will never be the same again. But in the time that has past since then we have seen and been infiltrated by terrorists in ways we could never have conceived even in those dark hours five years ago.
One terrorist continues to taunt us from afar. Mocking the “Dead or Alive” comments made by our Commander in Chief, he continues to be a threat, just by his mere existence. This is not however shocking or news to anybody.
No, the shocking part is derived from the enemy within. Those that have seized on these horrible events to own them, to justify their own agendas. To start wars laying claims to links to al-qada, then backing off saying that wasn’t the case. Weapons of Mass Destruction that certainly existed… and then did not. Quoting words of the terrorists in national speeches, and for all intents and purposes, making them the terrorists, spreading fear to gain their political goals. They have become the exact terrorists we claim to be at war with.
In the days and weeks (and even months) after the attacks, the message was clear. We must move on with our lives, we must continue to act the same way we did before. We must go shopping, and not allow the economy to suffocate under fear. “Otherwise… The terrorists have won.” But then something changed. The message we were getting was different. The message became “Be Afraid, Be very afraid” and “be afraid or the terrorists win.”
In feeding this fear, and telling us every single day how the terrorists are out there ready to strike the moment that George W. Bush doesn’t get exactly what he (and his administration) wants, we will be “giving comfort to the terrorists” and they will pounce upon us and kill us all, this administration has in reality become a terrorist organization itself. It thrives on that fear, relies on it, and uses it at every opportunity.
Now, to be fair, I asked myself the question, “Is there any guarantee that if the Democratic Party was in complete power as the GOP currently is, would things be completely different?” The answer… the honest answer is, “I don’t know” The Democrats may very well have seized on the opportunity if they had it, to to be known as the “Security Party” so this is not purely a GOP vs Democrat argument. What is however irrefutable is that the current White House administration has used this opportunity to far greater damage.
The staring of a war we had no business starting, losing more American lives than on September 11th, the unbridled stomping on the 1st amendment in the name of National Security. The simply ignoring of checks and balances in power. The unprecedented “Power Grab” taken by the White House. And all the while, anybody that stood in their way was branded a “terrorist sympathizer” or “soft on terror” when in reality they were simply fighting the terrorist that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Five years later it is time to just stop. Stop letting the war mongers and fear spreaders to continue to whittle away at our lives, our liberties, our freedoms, and time to take it back for ourselves. It is time we moved on and continued to live. We owe it to all of those that were not as fortunate as the rest of us five years ago.