September 13th, 2018
This letter from me was posted by the Capital Times in Madison, WI, yesterday.
“September 11th, 2001, is a date that I will always remember, just as millions of other Americans will. What strikes me most is not the actual terrorist attack that occurred on that day. What I find most disturbing is the after effect of the attack, our country’s seemingly endless over-reaction to that act of horrific violence. The 9/11 attack killed thousands, but our actions since then have killed even more. During the last seventeen years, the United States has been in a number of wars that were somehow initially triggered by the attack on 9/11.
My oldest son fought in Iraq. He was deployed to fight in a country that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11, but we invaded that nation anyway. My son got shot. He killed people. He came back a very different man. In a strange way, his experiences can be traced back to September 11th, 2001. Would we have ever invaded Iraq if 9/11 had not happened? Would my son have gone to war? How many more young people will go to war because of 9/11?”