Ten years on.
Ten years of Islamophobia, endless war, the open rationalization of torture and massacre.
Ten years of surveillance, insidiously creeping police state, witch hunts, shredding of personal freedoms.
Nine years of torture, medical experiments, indefinite, illegal detention, and massive human rights abuses in the US-run concentration camp known as Guantanamo Bay.
Ten years of the escalation of a brutal sleight of hand that advances western corporate interests above the basic human rights of millions while pretending to be a force for world peace and security, known as the War on Terror.
I'm not reading one single reflection, not watching one commemoration, not answering one "where were you" question, and certainly not listening to anyone else's boring, inconsequential story of where they were when they heard the news.
It makes me want to shout: Go away! Go the fuck away! All of you fixating on this one event, the whole world expected to stand in hushed silence because a bad thing happened to Americans. How many war crimes have been committed since then, excused away because of 9/11? How many unrelated massacres and acts of terrorism and personal tragedies? Get over yourselves!
Some earlier wmtc 9/11-related posts:
2010: it is so time to be over 9.11.
Who is responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001, and why do you think you know the answer to that question? A 9/11 discussion part one, part two, part three, part four. If you're interested, don't miss the comments.
Thoughts and conversation on the expression "conspiracy theory": part one, part two.
My thoughts on some great 9/11-related art: In the Shadow of No Tower by Art Spiegelman.