Sep 9, 2007
The 9-11 Moment
[col. writ. 9/9/07] (c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal
It is true that 9-11 changed everything, but not quite the way that the Bush Regime intended.
It changed how many in the world perceived the U.S., for sure, but the U.S. response to 9-11 has done more to change such perceptions.
As the ashes began to cool from the embers of what was once the World Trade Center, allies and enemies alike expressed solidarity with the U.S., and shed tears of sympathy.
What a difference six years makes.
What was once solidarity has cooled to bitter toleration, and barely disguised anger.
Remember the so-called "Coalition of the Willing?"
It has dwindled in number and fervor.
Politicians know enough to talk the talk, but precious few are willing to walk that walk.
Even America's staunchest ally - England - has marched its troops out of the southern Iraqi city of Basra, under cover of darkness.
In many of the countries where leaders signed up to join the U.S. crusade, their people have voted them out of office, and sent some leaders into political retirement.
Such are the wages of democracy.
At home, the war has deepened divisions not seen since the ravages of the Vietnam War.
And the President? Not only are his numbers in the basement, but he's pulling his party into the cellar with him.
His latest ploy, to buy time by pointing to the Gen. (David) Petraeus report, neatly juxtaposes the power relations between civilians and military. Civilian leaders, in a democracy, aren't supposed to do what military leaders says; the military is supposed to obey their civilian political leaders.
But, since 9-11, the nation has fled so far, so fast, from any real semblance of democracy, that listening to the most profoundly undemocratic institution in the American republic seems almost normal.
If the Bush regime has changed anything, it has changed this.
A war begun in bad faith, cannot end well.
From the day George W. Bush announced his "shock and awe" bombing runs over Baghdad, we have seen nothing but a long train of disasters.
The Gen. Petraeus report may do quite a few things, but it won't change that.
--(c) '07 maj