Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

posted by janrinok on Saturday September 11, @07:03AM   Printer-friendly

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. These were "a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks [...] against the United States of America on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001."

Of the 2,977 people who died, 2,605 were U.S. citizens and 372 non-U.S. citizens (excluding the 19 perpetrators). More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks, including the United Kingdom (67 deaths), the Dominican Republic (47 deaths), India (41 deaths), Greece (39 deaths), South Korea (28 deaths), Canada (24 deaths), Japan (24 deaths), Colombia (18 deaths), Jamaica (16 deaths), Philippines (16 deaths), Mexico (15 deaths), Trinidad and Tobago (14 deaths), Ecuador (13 deaths), Australia (11 deaths), Germany (11 deaths), Italy (10 deaths), Bangladesh (6 deaths), Ireland (6 deaths), Pakistan (6 deaths), and Poland (6 deaths).

It was a tragedy not only for America, but for the world.

 
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @08:11AM (10 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @08:11AM (#1176914)

    There is a lot of truth to this, that it was a law enforcement wish list. Aside from the Patriot Act, 9/11 also pushed us into a state of perpetual war. We had occasional military interventions like the Gulf War, airstrikes against Iraq when Clinton wanted to distract from Ken Starr's investigation, and Clinton's illegal war in the Balkans. There wasn't anything sustained over the long term, and there just wasn't public support for wars. After 9/11, we've been fighting the so-called war on terror for 20 years, going from country to country with no real plan and no real end in sight. I believe that some excuse would have been invented to enact the provisions of the Patriot Act, with or without 9/11. I am far less certain that there would have been public support for starting forever wars were it not for 9/11. At this point, we don't have the willingness to repeal the AUMFs from that era, and I don't know what would actually make us willing to do so.

    Starting Score:    0  points
    Moderation   +2  
       Insightful=1, Interesting=1, Total=2
    Extra 'Insightful' Modifier   0  

    Total Score:   2  
  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @10:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @10:04AM (#1176932)

    Congress repealed the AUMF for both Iraq wars just a few weeks ago.

    The one for Afghanistan can't quite be repealed yet because they are still busy bungling the withdrawal.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @01:23PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @01:23PM (#1176982)

    We were already in a state of perpetual war, it was just not known or advertised to most Americans. "Communists" were the excuse until they weren't, then "filthy brown turrists" became a replacement target.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @04:03PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @04:03PM (#1177013)

      The Communists/Socialists/Statists HAVE been at perpetual war with the West since WWI.
      They took command during the coronavirus scare, after laying the groundwork for many years.
      New World Order--that Aussie politician said so herself.

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Thexalon on Saturday September 11, @05:48PM (4 children)

      by Thexalon (636) on Saturday September 11, @05:48PM (#1177035)

      A striking example is that the US has been involved in the fighting in Colombia since the 1980's with approximately zero public debate. Allegedly to stop the growing of cocaine, but mostly to prop up the fairly-right-wing government we supported.

      --
      The inverse of "I told you so" is "Nobody could have predicted"
      • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @09:57PM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @09:57PM (#1177111)

        > fairly-right-wing

        I guess the Overton window has moved so far to the right that anyone to the left of Hitler, even if only on a single issue, is a centrist now.

        Bolsonaro is an actual fascist.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @10:24PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @10:24PM (#1177116)

          Bolsonaro is Brazilian?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @10:34PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @10:34PM (#1177117)

          With takes like that, you must need a helmet to eat soup.

        • (Score: 4, Touché) by Thexalon on Sunday September 12, @01:05AM

          by Thexalon (636) on Sunday September 12, @01:05AM (#1177143)

          Bolsonaro is indeed fascist, but he's president of Brazil, not part of the government of Colombia. I know this may come as a surprise to you, but different countries in South America are different from each other and have different internal politics.

          --
          The inverse of "I told you so" is "Nobody could have predicted"
  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @06:10PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @06:10PM (#1177037)

    and the Jews are behind all of that and more, aided by their shabbos goy race traitor whites of course..

    • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by khallow on Sunday September 12, @12:07AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday September 12, @12:07AM (#1177131) Journal
      Given how capable "the Jews" are and how incapable you are, it seems to me that the better strategy is figuring out how to steer the Jewish conspiracy for the greater good rather than whine that you're not competing with that.