My ATM tells me it's a day to reflect. Since we've learned of late that the banks are our masters, I'll comply.
On September 11, 2001, the accepted numbers for deaths are:
- 246 on the four planes (includes hijackers)
- 2606 in the World Trade Center towers
- 125 at the Pentagon.
- 1762 U.S. soldiers have died there and nearby
- and 948 other NATO troops.
And then, for no reason that had anything to do with the attacks of 9/11, but because unscrupulous men took advantage our impulse to seek revenge, we charged off the invade and occupy Iraq. Again according to iCasualties,
- 4475 U.S. troops have died in Iraq
- as well as 318 from allied forces.
There's somewhat less argument about the human displacement that followed on the invasion: more than one million Iraqis left the country and several million more became internal refugees. Very few of these people will ever be made whole.
Oh yeah -- this long orgy of revenge and death cost the United States several trillion dollars in debt and now we're arguing about how much to cut into the safety net for veterans, the poor and old people. The United States has indulged its worst self in a low dishonest decade. Enough killing already!
My partner and I gave away these signs to anyone who would take one in the days after 9/11. I still see one every once in awhile.