A decade has passed and we’re still a nation trapped by our own naivete, paranoia and most of all, a fear of looking weak. However on September 11th 2001, the latter couldn’t be more true. We failed as a nation. We failed as an informed citizenry. The degree of which people did not understand our relationship with the middle east in 2001 is only matched by the degree of which we still don’t understand. American citizens reacted out of vengeance, not knowledge after 911. We lashed out and the end result is two wars that have destroyed our nation and so many lives lost. We failed in this chess game and ten years later we seem to barely able understand that. Ten years later and so many of us can not admit that we failed as a people and as a government on 9/11, 2001.
“What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue.”