Reflections on 9-11
By Cindy Sheehan
" -- - The 7th anniversary of September 11, 2001 is
approaching and it seems like a good time to reflect on what our
nation has lost since that tragic day and what we can do to go
I do not think that anyone alive on that day will forget the
shock that struck our nation when the symbols of US capitalism
and militarism were struck out of the clear blue sky. I was in
panic mode for a few days, because I did not hear from Casey who
was stationed at Ft. Hood on that day and his base went into
lock-down and he was too busy to call. Even though we mourn with
our fellow Americans, the loss of over 3000 innocent people and
the pain their families have had to deal with, the attacks of
9-11 have touched every American.
There are several ways to look at 9-11:
• 9-11 was planned and executed by the US government.
• BushCo did not plan 9-11, but they knew it was going to happen
and did nothing to prevent it and, in fact, may have allowed it
• 9-11 was planned and executed by a group of 17 terrorists (14
of them from Saudi Arabia) without the fore knowledge of the US
government and we were attacked because the terrorists "hated
our freedoms and democracy."
Whichever of the theories is true, one thing is for sure: the
Bush regime's response to 9-11 was woefully inept and criminal
and many people have been killed, wounded, displaced or
destroyed because of the Bush regimes' exploitation of the
tragedy to use ultra-violence against the innocent people of two
nations in response to a criminal act perpetrated by a few.
Watching the recent RNC was a reminder of 9-11 hysteria used to
justify implementing the Project for a New American Century and
excusing BushCo for the crimes they have committed on the
non-existent graves of our brothers and sisters who perished
that day and whose remains were never recovered.
Instead of taking a hard and critical look at the
corporate-imperialistic policies of our government and trying to
objectively figure out why we were attacked, we set off on a
nationalistic flag waving fervor of mass fear that was only to
be cured by shopping, traveling and allowing George and Dick to
make a demented response to it. After 9-11 our country lost a
real opportunity to search our souls and make amends to the
world for our greed and violence. An apt response would have
been to punish the perpetrators of the crime in a court of law
and not by rabidly seeking the first country to destroy.
Attacking Afghanistan was like bombing Sicily to oblivion for
the crimes of the Mafia. Attacking Iraq was just for neocon
George Bush was handed a Presidential Daily Briefing in
Crawford, Texas on August 6th, 2001, that read: "Osama bin Laden
determined to strike in the United States." According to
journalist Ron Susskind, Bush told the agent who delivered the
message: "Okay, you've covered your ass." Instead, our
collective asses are twisting in the wind of the abuses and
excesses of the last 7 years.
Our economy is being destroyed by 7 years of seemingly endless
occupations that have made Dick and his cronies wealthy, but
have harmed the rest of us. The price of gas has almost tripled
since 9-11, thus causing all other consumer goods to skyrocket.
People are losing their jobs and homes because this war economy
cannot be sustained with Monopoly money printed and devalued to
cover our rising deficits. We have become the worlds' worst
debtor nation and our treasury is trillions in debt.
Our famous "freedoms" that the terrorists "hated" have been
eroded due to the PATRIOT ACT, the Military Commissions Act and
the violent response to protest from our robo-clad police state.
We can be guaranteed that any call, email or text message that
we send or receive is being read and if we dare protest we will
be pepper-sprayed, maced, tear gassed, tasered, or beaten with a
Billy club by our employees: law enforcement; authorized by our
other employees: government.
My opponent, Nancy Pelosi, has cooperated and collaborated with
the Bush regime to allow torture and incarceration without due
process and NSA spying on Americans without warrants. She opens
her Gucci bag and doles out billions for his War OF Terror while
sitting in her mansion, children and grandchildren out of harms
way, while our country implodes and Iraq and Afghanistan burn.
She has legitimized BushCo's crimes and refuses to hold them
accountable for the destruction they have unleashed upon our
It's not only time for new leadership in our government, but
it's time for a new 9-11 Commission that has subpoena power and
is not facilitated by the crooks who either perpetrated the
crime and/or collaborated with it. Government abuses cannot be
credibly investigated by government commissions: A citizen's
investigation that is independent from the federal government
and where people like George and Dick will actually have to give
their testimony in the light of day, under oath and not holding
hands, must be empowered and empanelled.
If you agree with me that a new 9-11 investigation is warranted,
please contribute to my campaign to unseat Vichy-Pelosi who
would never agree to investigate her buddy Bush for any crimes,
much less the crime of our new century.
But most importantly, Cindy for Congress sends our deepest
condolences to those who lost family member on 9-11 and anyone
else on this planet who have lost their jobs, homes, or lives
due to George's tragic response to the tragedy of 9-11.
My son is one of the ones whose life was ended prematurely. I
mourn deeply for him each day, but the way forward is towards
healing, peace, accountability, environmental sustainability,
and economic equality and away from the violence and greed that
has colored every aspect of our lives since that sad day.
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