Reflections on 9-11
by Cindy Sheehan
September 10, 2008
The 7th anniversary of September 11, 2001 is approaching and it seems like
a good time to reflect on what our nation has lost since that tragic day and
what we can do to go forward.
I do not think that anyone alive on that day will forget the shock that struck
our nation when the symbols of US capitalism and militarism were struck out
of the clear blue sky. I was in panic mode for a few days, because I did not
hear from Casey who was stationed at Ft. Hood on that day and his base went
into lock-down and he was too busy to call. Even though we mourn with our fellow
Americans, the loss of over 3000 innocent people and the pain their families
have had to deal with, the attacks of 9-11 have touched every American.
There are several ways to look at 9-11:
– 9-11 was planned and executed by the US government.
— BushCo did not plan 9-11, but they knew it was going to happen and
did nothing to prevent it and, in fact, may have allowed it to happen.
— 9-11 was planned and executed by a group of 17 terrorists (14 of them
from Saudi Arabia) without the foreknowledge of the US government and we were
attacked because the terrorists "hated our freedoms and democracy."
Whichever of the theories is true, one thing is for sure: the Bush regime’s
response to 9-11 was woefully inept and criminal, and many people have been
killed, wounded, displaced or destroyed because of the Bush regime’s exploitation
of the tragedy to use ultra-violence against the innocent people of two nations
in response to a criminal act perpetrated by a few. Watching the recent RNC
was a reminder of 9-11 hysteria used to justify implementing the Project for
a New American Century and excusing BushCo for the crimes they have committed
on the non-existent graves of our brothers and sisters who perished that day
and whose remains were never recovered.
Instead of taking a hard and critical look at the corporate-imperialistic policies
of our government and trying to objectively figure out why we were attacked,
we set off on a nationalistic flag waving fervor of mass fear that was only
to be cured by shopping, traveling and allowing George and Dick to make a demented
response to it. After 9-11 our country lost a real opportunity to search our
souls and make amends to the world for our greed and violence. An apt response
would have been to punish the perpetrators of the crime in a court of law and
not by rabidly seeking the first country to destroy. Attacking Afghanistan was
like bombing Sicily to oblivion for the crimes of the Mafia. Attacking Iraq
was just for neocon kicks.
George Bush was handed a Presidential Daily Briefing in Crawford, Texas on
August 6th, 2001, that read: "Osama bin Laden determined to strike in the
United States." According to journalist Ron Susskind, Bush told the agent
who delivered the message: "Okay, you’ve covered your ass." Instead,
our collective asses are twisting in the wind of the abuses and excesses of
the last 7 years.
Our economy is being destroyed by 7 years of seemingly endless occupations
that have made Dick and his cronies wealthy, but have harmed the rest of us.
The price of gas has almost tripled since 9-11, thus causing all other consumer
goods to skyrocket. People are losing their jobs and homes because this war
economy cannot be sustained with Monopoly money printed and devalued to cover
our rising deficits. We have become the worlds’ worst debtor nation and our
treasury is trillions in debt.
Our famous "freedoms" that the terrorists "hated" have
been eroded due to the PATRIOT ACT, the Military Commissions Act and the violent
response to protest from our robo-clad police state. We can be guaranteed that
any call, email or text message that we send or receive is being read and if
we dare protest we will be pepper-sprayed, maced, tear gassed, tasered, or beaten
with a Billy club by our employees: law enforcement; authorized by our other
My opponent, Nancy Pelosi, has cooperated and collaborated with the Bush regime
to allow torture and incarceration without due process and NSA spying on Americans
without warrants. She opens her Gucci bag and doles out billions for his War
OF Terror while sitting in her mansion, children and grandchildren out of harms
way, while our country implodes and Iraq and Afghanistan burn. She has legitimized
BushCo’s crimes and refuses to hold them accountable for the destruction they
have unleashed upon our world.
It’s not only time for new leadership in our government, but it’s time for
a new 9-11 Commission that has subpoena power and is not facilitated by the
crooks who either perpetrated the crime and/or collaborated with it. Government
abuses cannot be credibly investigated by government commissions: A citizen’s
investigation that is independent from the federal government and where people
like George and Dick will actually have to give their testimony in the light
of day, under oath and not holding hands, must be empowered and empanelled.
If you agree with me that a new 9-11 investigation is warranted, please contribute
to my campaign to unseat Vichy-Pelosi who would never agree to investigate her
buddy Bush for any crimes, much less the crime of our new century.
But most importantly, Cindy for Congress sends our deepest condolences to those
who lost family members on 9-11 and anyone else on this planet who have lost
their jobs, homes, or lives due to George’s tragic response to the tragedy of
My son is one of the ones whose life was ended prematurely. I mourn deeply
for him each day, but the way forward is towards healing, peace, accountability,
environmental sustainability, and economic equality and away from the violence
and greed that has colored every aspect of our lives since that sad day.