Today marks the sixth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that entailed the murder of about 3,000 people. Additionally, the Bush administration used 9/11 to trick America into waging a needless war on Iraq, which resulted in more American deaths than 9/11 itself, as well as the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
Indeed, 41% of Americans still believe that Iraq was directly involved with 9/11, thanks to the deceitfulness of the Bush administration. Common sense tells us that those duped 41% of Americans probably make up the vast majority of Americans who support the current occupation of Iraq–which I believe only increases anti-Americanism and thus increases the threat of anti-American terrorism. In other words, the war in Iraq is creating more terrorists than it is destroying, especially since the U.S. government still allies itself with the country where most of the terrorists came from: Saudi Arabia.
The so-called “war in Iraq” has cost the U.S. about $450 billion so far, and has created more problems for the United States than it has solved. Most estimates say the total cost will exceed $1 trillion, and may even exceed $2 trillion. Imagine what else the United States could have done with that all that money.
Imagine if the United States had used a large portion of that money to end world hunger and poverty. I bet that would have reduced the threat of terrorism, namely in that one of the major ways wealthy terrorist-leaders like Osama Bin Laden recruit new people; they feed people, and use their apparent “good-will” to recruit poor angry kids into terrorism.
Of course, the United States government appears to have no intention to change its course, as my ideas are nothing new. I posted similar points on last years anniversary. I hope next year I can report something different, but I doubt it. I believe the United States government will continue to spend more money on needless oil wars than it does on world hunger and poverty.
In addition to the 3,000 people who died in the horrible 9/11 attacks, 18,000 children die every day from world hunger, just like last year. I say FOOD NOT BOMBS!