Sep 11 2020

Where were you when…

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 19:27

On the 11th of September 2001 I was taking my admission exam to the university. I remember some friends that had mobile phones – and were called by their parents about it – started talking about it at the after exam beer.

Although Romania was thousands of miles away, it was an important topic. US was after all one of the countries where most Romanians ran to when escaping Romanian communism. So, it was important. The land of milk and honey, the land of unimaginable progress, the land where dreams come true if you are willing to work on them, the land of the free, home of the brave, the perfect democracy was hit hard. It seems US had made serious enemies.

There were a few voices that said, Well… they did it to themselves by not sticking to their piece of land and going to war with Arabic countries for cheap oil. Don’t they know those Arabs are nuts? We Romanians view Arabs as what is left from the Ottoman Empire, and those guys were many and were ruthless and our people has fought them for centuries.

I did not think of the country being hit, because “the country” is a pretty general concept. The people were the ones being hit. And some of them probably never benefitted much from that oil. It was unfair after all, normal people were suffering for ambitions of politicians. A lot of innocent lives were lost because some 1%-er wanted more.

19 years after that tragedy and US is destroying itself.

Sun Tzu, in the “Art of War” has one quote that I’ve always liked: “If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.
Probably Osama bin Laden, somewhere in hell, is kicking himself right now for his part in that horrid tragedy, because he realizes he could have just lived his life and watched the news. The outcome would have been exactly the same.

I don’t want to be pessimistic; I am writing all these things and I am waiting for the reality to bloody contradict me at some point. I am only hoping for the day when I will write an entry about US, the Phoenix country rising brighter and stronger from the ashes of racism and Trumpism and I will praise it for becoming the biggest and best democracy of them all.

Until then, go vote for Biden and hope for the best!

Stay safe, stay happy!

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