All great truths begin as blasphemies. ~George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska, 1919
By Craig McKee
It’s an oft-repeated statement by politicians, military leaders, and commentators that the disaster of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in September 2001 changed the world forever. I believe this is true, but not for the reasons the U.S. government would have us believe.
The official story of September 11, as told by the Bush administration and the major media, made it clear that America was now under siege from an increasingly bold and frightening enemy. A major attack had taken place on U.S. soil for the first time since the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and Americans were in shock.
They now had to come to terms with a world in which terror and death were no longer things you watched on TV. Now you could see them first hand, right in the heart of their largest and most iconic city. For the first time they could imagine a catastrophic and senseless act of violence happening to THEM.
And certainly the disaster crystallized in the public consciousness the idea that Islamic extremists were the new evil. Yes, this wasn’t a new idea, but these attacks raised the stakes considerably. And with this new horrifying threat making the future a frightening (more…)