Sumary of 20 years of a ‘post-9/11’ world:
- The Empire State Building and the ‘Freedom Tower’ are seen during sunset from the Rainbow Room in New York, on September 9, 2021. AFP PHOTO FOR those who remember the shocking events of Sept.
- firsthand – still sometimes refer to as the “post-9/11” world.
- Just as the younger generation may someday think of their world in terms of “before” and “after” Covid-19, Sept.
- It is ironic and, in some ways, perhaps fortunate that one of the biggest news stories of the past couple of weeks was the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the country’s takeover by the Taliban because that tragedy, which is still being played out, draws some attention to 9/11 and the changes it brought to the entire world.
- While that experience that began with the United States being, well, united in a way that country had not been since the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that drew it into World War 2 ended badly, there is an argument to be made that the world is actually safer now because of it.
- ” Indeed, organizations such as IS – the Islamic State – grew in the years after 2001, and there have been horrifying terrorist attacks by “lone wolf”-type extremists all over the world.
- A diffuse, unorganized threat of terrorism, while still obviously capable of creating tragedy, is relatively easier to manage, which makes the world relatively safer.
- Yet many wonder if the cost of that “relatively safer” world is worth it, because along with the innocence the world lost on Sept.