ACT I – All we know today about 9 / 11
If there is a dominant theme in international politics in this first decade of the century is September 11. Everything that could have been said has already been dissected, fleshed out by various sources. Since governmental investigations by the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, professional or amateur documentaries, thesis of experts coming from universities of all places imaginable. Think of anything connected to the 2001 event and surely you’ll find something. September 11 began well before the facts have been said and repeated in newspapers, books, magazines and movies, nothing is really surprising.
What we know is that in the Gulf War Osama Bin Laden wanted to fight to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi invasion, which was refused by the U.S. government. It was reason for U.S. bases to take possession of the Persian Gulf, which created the vengeful wrath of bin Laden. We also know that the Saudis and the relations of the United States are closer than we think. Besides, bin Laden fought the Soviets in the 80s during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, with support from the Americans during the Cold War, also did not surprise us. And Condoleezza Rice, Bush’s secretary of state, remember it? It was said she had received information from the CIA in some unimaginable attack in New York or Washington and anything was done to prevent or minimize the effects. As said, nothing new or surprising. Let’s say something that may not know.
ACT II – War on terror or war of ideology
After the nightmare that morning, the American reaction came in the famous crusade against terror. Still on the thud of the attack the West endorsed President Bush’s speech on terrorism. Then came the super powers to secret agencies and the abuse against the individual liberty of suspects. This crusade against terror has become an ideological crusade. Soon the U.S. image in the Middle East has deteriorated. It created a new division of worlds, Islam was stigmatized as a religion of evil and confusion about what the terms mean Shiites, Sunnis, Muslims and Arabs were never clarified.
At this point, the second decade of the century most Westerners remain unaware of the Arab culture and maintaining prejudices. They claim that the invasions of the Middle East were intended to dominate the oil fields. This leftist speech, which is combined with a more Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is naive or ignorant. The Eastern oil was already dominated by Western transnationals, and the resources that came from this trade have never been converted into welfare for the people. So why would invade Iraq and Afghanistan only to get hold of oil. There would be no such need, because the war has cost more than even space exploration.
This war on terror is ideological because it sought supremacy. In the booklet that the Republicans were in the White House, U.S. hegemony should be reaffirmed in this century, and nothing better than a new crusade with an invisible enemy that strikes silently and cause damage phenomenal. This attempt to reassert the military industry is supported by the powerful military that possibly keeps close ties with the policy. One thing unites with the other. Low self-esteem of the U.S. plan to restate their existence and their power, and at the other end, thirsting for war industries trillionaires budgets.
Meanwhile, there are vanity, especially in politics. Seems to be that Bush was looking for a world leader, like Roosevelt or Kennedy had. Do not forget that Bush’s victory against Al Gore was questioned internally. Without political prestige, Bush was called a regional political, without a kind of statesman charm. The scenario was offered by Al Qeda.
ACT III – The economy melts the national unite
An account that we would never understand, two wars that cost trillions and many lives of civilians and soldiers, which only fueled hatred and even greater desire to further attacks. Bush and his team seems to have forgotten the U.S. and a fixation on the Middle East left the economy in a corner side of the White House. The result was the domain of financial institutions without compunction, also managers greedy for profits. The federal government is burning money on military budgets creating trade deficits, while Chinese and Indians increased their exports. The voter, when Bush was reelected, did not think in their business activities had always been average. The worst came after crisis erupted in 2008 and a national rift.
The crisis on employment, exports, a giant with expenses that do not stop growing and the polarization of American politics. Republicans maintained their theories to exercise dominion over the world, reaffirming the power by force, did not see or pretend to ignore the seriousness of the social crisis. This was the scenario that Obama elected and led the Democrats to the White House.
The fall of the towers on Sept. 11 left the U.S. vulnerable politically. The unity ability to solve problems was being undermined in this decade, the appearance of candidates and sensationalist and populist politicians like Sarah Palin is one example. American politics gets narrowed down, like what has happened in Latin America.
Not all is a garden of despair, the decade ends with popular uprisings, which could not possibly make the world more honest and perfect, but some dictators must have strong headaches, Mubarak and Gaddafi indeed. For them everything was perfect, less than seven months ago, were living as Maharajas, offering billions of dollars extracted from their countries today can no longer count on Hollywood life. The Arab Spring has no direct relations with Sept. 11, but is a response to Western thought that 10 years before judged the Arab and Islamic world as a greater enemy. Young Arabs, Muslims or not, rebelled against tyrannical political, military and fundamentalists.
This youth rejected belong to religious groups, just wanted more freedom to express themselves and to live decent. Lose not only Arab terrorists or Islamic extremists and Christians, but mostly corrupt politics and ignorance of world leaders who run the world. New York is gradually rebuilt, not just buildings, more and more futuristic technology architectures. This is the least important, is valid even the presence of ethnic diversity that makes this city so important. And as in other cities, London, Berlin, Paris, Sao Paulo, multiculturalism can survive the prejudice, is what these large cities can teach owners of power.