It’s a time for reflection, as well as hope, that we will heed the lessons from the mistakes made since 9/11 – a moment that upended our word 20 years ago. One observation this week is, many are frustrated by the focus on 9/11, when there are so many other stories of devastation in our past that do not get the attention this moment does.
I completely understand this way of thinking – especially for those outside of America – however, the significance of this moment for the world, and what has happened since, for me, is really why we must pay attention.
Of course, the first people we must be conscious of are those who lost loved ones that day, many were children at the time, now adults, and they have grown up without parents. There are so many stories from that time. Painful, hard stories.
Most of us old enough in 2001, remember exactly where we were this day. It was a deeply powerful moment that shook us to our core, and it’s a moment that changed the world. Equally, with the Afghanistan War ending in the last few weeks, and the chaos surrounding it, this anniversary feels even more important.
In the content I’ve been consuming this week, for the first time, left and right leaning media are not showing the divisions we expect. They are very aligned. Please keep an eye out for a series of deeper reads below, discussing what was gained, but mostly, what was lost.
The terrorists we went to war to defeat are stronger than ever, because every bomb dropped created more recruits. Every mistake made fed into their ideologies. The failures are being discussed in detail, as well as the early decisions made in fear, anger and outrage, with few dissenting. It was a time for revenge and the blood lust was high! George W. Bush is quoted many times as being driven by blood lust. Not a stable leadership foundation for war.
Arrogance too. Comments made at the time – your history starts now – completely ignoring the rich history of Afghanistan and it’s more recent wars, which clearly demonstrated no country could conquer it. Our leaders at the time underestimated the enemy completely.
The intelligence failures that lead to 9/11, and the global divisions it created afterwards, especially when the new Iraq war started – you’re either with us or against us. Does anyone still call them freedom fries?
The many forms of disrespect towards Afghanis, and the insidious infiltration of the enemy into the coalitions ranks, making unity impossible between Afghanistan and it’s “conquerors.” The lawlessness of the war constantly justified, including Guantanamo Bay, which was the final straw for the Middle East. America’s credibility as The Good Guy was gone, and it was too late for Obama to get it back. The damage was done.
I definitely believe it’s a poignant moment to reflect and consider how do we can change paths from here, versus continuing as we have for the past two decades? Because what has been achieved?
Trillions spent, the Taliban back in power, fear on the ground, and women, LGBTIQA and minority groups living in fear. You have to wonder, is this whole sorry affair enough of a lesson to heed? Or will we continue with endless wars?
I recommend Afghanistan Was a Ponzi Scheme Sold to the American Public and 9/11 was a test. The books of the last two decades show how America failed.If you want to watch an overview of the history of Afghanistan, Iraq, the Taliban, the history before 9/11 and the politics of that moment, I can definitely recommend The Turning Point on Netflix.
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And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
20th Anniversary 9/11 and Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Taliban break up women’s rights protest in Kabul tks Karsten Warnecke
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Special Report on The Ocean and Cryosphere In A Changing Climate tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Australian Climate Technology Community tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
The Masks Were Working All Along tks Lisa L3?
How the hell is Angus Taylor still a thing? tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and technology
You’re Right! You Are Working Longer and Attending More Meetings tks Andrew Psarianos
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
What If We Stopped Pretending? tks Robert Kirubi
How Life Became Endless, Terrible Competition tks Claude Calleja
What’s the best age gap in a relationship? tks Sue Adams
Passion, humour, history
ABBA – I Still Have Faith In You tks David Lim
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