Few of us will ever forget exactly where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day two and half years ago. Few of us will forget the feeling we had when we began to understand the magnitude of what was happening. Few will forget sitting in front of their TV’s, talking to their loved ones, being scared and angry and confused. A nation mourning the loss of the last of its innocence.
The entire world united behind America, offering her support in any way they could. American’s around the country held food and clothing drives to send supplies to the relief workers at Ground Zero. Men and women worked around the clock desperately holding on to hope, not believing the sheer enourmity of the impact. Every American considered themselves a New Yorker. Every free person in the world considered themselves an American. Our country, our world, was united as never before.
The entire country got behind its President. It’s what a country should do in times of tribulation. Bush promised to hunt down those responsible. He promised to never falter, to never fail. We wanted to believe him, we needed to.
Now, less than three years later the unity is gone. President Bush faltered and failed. Those responsible for 9/11 haven’t been hunted down. Bush used the deaths of our innocent civilians and brave firefighters and police officers, he used their legacy to fabricate and scare us into believing his war on Iraq was justified. When our allies asked for proof, solid proof, before they commited to this war, Bush called them out as weak and claimed they were on the side of the terrorists. Now, one year after the war in Iraq began, it seems obvious that Bush Administration not only misled the world, it misled it’s own people. Absolutely none of the accusations the Bush Administration held up and used to instill fear in an already frightened country have been proven to exist.
So many opportunities that could have been born out of that tragedy have been wasted. Our President used the lives lost on that day to justify his own agenda. On a daily basis we hear of new lives lost in the deserts of Iraq. We hear of a new suicide bomber or a run in with rebels. We have a new worry now, bringing our troops home safe, our troops that are fighting in a land with absolutely no connection with the World Trade Center attacks.
As time goes by, it is becoming more and more obvious just how much Bush has faltered and failed. Not only at doling out justice but at realizing the opportunity at hand to unite the world. Who seems to have benifitted most from the Bush Administration and its foreign policy? The American People? The victims of 9/11? The world? Bush and his corporate pals?
Unfortunately, the answer is obvious.