9/11 We’re Losing

Before I begin I wish to send my condolences to those who lost loved ones in these attacks and remember the bravery of those who went into harm’s way both during and after the attacks and paid for it with their health and their lives.

It’s been twelve years since the attacks. We’ve spent trillions of dollars in wars. Over 4,000 soldiers died with another 30,000 wounded in action in the Iraq war alone. I could go on with Afghanistan war figures, civilian deaths, drone strikes, the increasing national debt but rehashing these numbers is not the point. I have a question though.

What has this accomplished?

Ostensibly all the costs and sacrifices listed above were necessary to protect America. However in that time we have seen the following:

  • The IRS targeting groups for political reasons (under both administrations).
  • AP phone record seizures.
  • Apple pulls iSlam from iTunes store (But Bible Thumper is A OK).
  • NSA is spying on us.
  • Comedy Central censors and then bans a South Park episode featuring Mohamed (Though his previous appearance as one of the Super Best Friends was A OK).
  • Three year old children searched like criminals at airports
  • Law Enforcement training videos advising that people who cite the Constitution could be terrorists

There are more but you get the point. The very things we are supposed to be protecting, free speech, due process, the rule of law, are being attacked and undermined NOT by Al-Qaeda but by US! Private institutions are bowing to the threat of terrorism and interfering with our free speech. Our government is undermining our security in the name of our security.

We have been fighting for 12 years and I am left with one conclusion. We are losing.

But there is hope. We decide how far we’ll get screwed. People are waking up to the fact that there is little difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. We are seeing that it is the character of the individual and not the party affiliation that matters. And some of us are aware that sometimes freedom is up to us.

Below is a picture I have made of the Prophet Mohamed:

:D. <- The Prophet Mohamed I think he was a happy guy.

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When I think of protecting our planet two words spring to mind, Freedom and Accountability.

Without the freedom to do our best with what we have, we will never achieve the efficiency we need to sustain us. Each person needs that freedom. Without accountability you get unsustainable exploitation.