Eight years later, we can safely say that the dreaded terrorists have won. The effect of terrorism is to cause such a collapse in the mindset of the target population that they are forced to change their very way of life. That happened immediately after 9-11 and has only gotten worse since. If you don’t believe this is true, then consider these words I’ve written the next time you have to throw away your travel-size bottle of shampoo before you board a plane. About a month after 9-11, Congress passed the infamous USA PATRIOT Act which was the start of a series of “homeland security” measures which only serve to trample our constitutional liberties.
Most of the common sense security measures which are both constitutional and effective (like securing our borders) have yet to be implemented. Today we still retain a suicidal open-borders policy coupled with mass immigration, both legal and illegal. Not a decade after 9-11, our elected officials are still trying to offer amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Our equally suicidal free trade policies have contributed to a lack of port security. The multinational corporations simply will not allow any stifling of their importation of cheap goods and cheap labor.
On the foreign policy front, what has our reckless warfare produced eight years later? We’ve driven the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan, but we’re still there today and the fighting is just as intense as ever. A few months ago, Taliban forces were within 60 miles of Pakistan’s capital city. Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden has never been killed or captured and Al-Qaeda still freely operates in many parts of the world. The new Afghan government which replaced the Taliban has become just another corrupt regime as the recent elections there have shown. Afghanistan itself has become yet another protectorate of the American Empire.
President Bush and his neoconservative allies made one of the worst foreign policy mistakes with the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent occupation. All common sense flew out the window as neocon ideology trumped everything else. The neocons truly believed (and still do) that the establishment of democratic government in part of the Middle East will lead to a successive toppling of the remaining non-democratic regimes. It was thought to be a 21st century version of the “domino effect.” Yet this fanciful plan of the neocons turned out to be a complete failure. They certainly didn’t have history on their side and their prediction has proven to be a farce.
Despite this failed track record, the false prophets of neoconservatism try to spin the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a gigantic “success” even though the original goal of eliminating Al-Qaeda has been tucked into the background. Now the goal is for American forces to conduct “nation-building” and perpetuate an occupation that will certainly last at least a generation. We didn’t learn from 9-11 at all. The reason these Islamists hate America is precisely because of this type of reckless interventionism. The best recruitment tool for terrorist organizations has been the perpetual American occupation.
In that sense, the terrorists have won. The 9-11 attacks were designed to draw America even further into the Middle East. We played right into their hands. We took the bait–hook, line, and sinker. They wanted to fight the West on ground of their own choosing and that’s exactly what happened.
Leading up to 9-11 were decades of foreign policy blunders, starting with America’s support for Israel–a racist nation created through acts of ethnic-cleansing. Our successive acts of intervention into the Middle East since 1948 have contributed to the Islamic world’s hatred of America. It’s a total lie that they hate us “because of our freedom.” No, they hate us because we’re over there interfering with their governments and their way of life. The Gulf War of 1991 was the tipping point which eventually led us down the road to 9-11. Indeed, the 9-11 attacks ought to be seen as “blowback” against America’s reckless interventionism.
Did we learn from our mistakes? Absolutely not. In terms of both “homeland security” and our foreign policy, we’ve shown our own insanity as a nation by doing the same things and expecting a different result. What I’ve written here today will no doubt stir a lot of people to anger, but my intent is not to offend. I pray that America’s imperialism and the unconstitutional police-state we’ve constructed soon come to an end. Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, and others have voiced the same sentiments I offer here today. In the process, they endured all kinds of vitriolic attacks from the neocons and other interventionists. Just remember…the true prophets usually get stoned.