Thursday, September 08, 2011

The decade since

It has been ten years since 9.11. 

Back to 9.11. 

The ten years after 9.11 have not been the best ten years for my new country. They have been besieged by fear, a little craziness and a lot of money. A. Lot. Of. Money. 

William Goldman wrote these wise words for Vizzini in the Princess Bride: 

"Never get in a land war in Asia." 

Right before he drops dead. 

I think there are a lot of people in America who don't connect the dot from the battle of wits, and the battle's being waged by America. To many people in America, Afghanistan and Iraq aren't in Asia, they're  in the Middle East. I've learned that by quoting Vizzini to blank stares. 

The stated goal of Al Queda was to draw the US into a lengthly battle in the desserts of Asia in an effort to bankrupt the world's only remaining superpower. 

As the wars continue to escalate, America continues to amass a staggering debt. This doesn't mean the terrorists are winning. They aren't. America is a strong country that will find its way. Eventually they will get out of the middle east and begin to spend money at home. It will take time, but on the tenth anniversary of the thing that started it all, real change can't happen fast enough.  

BTW, this last ten years saw me: 

Meet a girl. 
Get married. 
Move to a new country.
Buy a house. 
Get a dog. 
Have some kids. 

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