September 11th’s legacy: success for the terrorists, failure for the rest

Before you read this post, consider the following question: what do you think terrorists want to achieve with their actions?

Is the world a more dangerous place after 9/11? Perhaps. Now there are wars in Afghanistan (good idea) and Iraq (bad idea), which have increased (and will continue to increase) the polarisation between extremist muslims and liberal democratic governments. There will be more violence to come. But does that mean that citizens in the West should be afraid?

Whether or not they should be, they are. The CBC called the United States “a nation still bleeding from the wounds it suffered five years ago… and millions of Americans still live in fear.” Who is bleeding? American soldiers, prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and the families of the 9/11 victims. That’s it. The rest of the people have nothing to worry about. Yeah, there could be another terrorist attack, but there has only been one in the US in five years. Why are we so afraid of terrorism when all but the most irrational of us know we’re more likely to die of cancer, AIDS, car crashes, gunshots, heart attacks and anything else you can think of?

Now the Canadian and American governments are working hard to restrict everyone’s access to airlines, slowing down traffic across the border and using billions of dollars of public money in order to provide the illusion of security. Taking away our freedoms and money are backward ideas designed either to scare us more or make us safer from terrorist attacks, but there is no evidence we’re any safer. If you don’t think it’s all an illusion, answer me this: do you really think you couldn’t find a way to kill a bunch of people and scare everyone? Of course you could.

So we’re not much safer, in spite of all the freedoms taken away, all the money spent, all the racist suspicion and all the killing. Do you have an answer yet for my initial question? What do terrorists want to achieve? Terror! Well, congratulations Mr bin Laden et al., you are successful.

2 Responses to “September 11th’s legacy: success for the terrorists, failure for the rest”

  1. Darko Says:

    I do think that people are safer. Maybe the money are not as efficiently spent as we think that can be, but at least a lots of people are aware and they are doing something about it.

    Till 5 years ago, terrorism was not seen as that big treath. Extreme religion was not seen as a threat. Now it is, and a lot more people are on stand by all the time. that is not living in terror. thats just being cautious. and when needed they will become a lot more effective.

    See the new airplane rules. if they havent discovered that explosive can be made with liqius on board the plane, smuggled as normal liquid, noone would have seen it as a treath, and wouldnt prevent it from happening.

    i think that this a normal way or making a change in society in general, and as people. someone has to give you a “slap” in your face, for you to realize that you were asshole, or were doing something wrong. and then to start changing it. slowly but surely.

    too bad that people had to die in order to learn a lesson.

  2. menso Says:

    Hey Dare, thanks for your comment. You could be right, except for the part at the end when you say that you realise you were an asshole. One thing I’ve noticed about these terrorist attacks is that, instead of making people think they are the assholes, it makes them more self righteous. And it makes them more self righteous because extremist acts like terrorism polarise matters. It becomes “you’re either with us or against us”, instead of people thinking they might actually be wrong.

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