Which led to the next question--what is the status of the war on Al Qaeda? I am no expert, but I follow a few on twitter, including the Patron Saint of the terrorism industry, so I enumerated some of the progress--AQ lost its sanctuary and many folks in Afghanistan, Bin Laden and a whole host of #3's have been killed, that AQ overplayed and offended much of the Muslim world by killing heaps of Muslims, but that it still exists and poses a threat (how much?)
I did discuss the local threat--not so much about AQ central organizing an attack against Canada, but "home grown" folks launching attacks. But I also indicated that there are far greater threats to Canadian and American lives without going into the details (obesity, infrastructure failures, etc.)
So, who won 9/11? My answer: Iran. That the attack gave Bush and his crew heaps of autonomy in US politics to launch a war against a country with which these folks were most obsessed (kind of like Iran today), that the war against Iraq removed a key impediment and concern to Iran, that it gave Iran more influence via Iraqi politics (not to mention allowing Afghanistan to fester).
So, them's my thoughts on 9/11 eleven years later. Much frustration at the waste in lives here and elsewhere since then and the economic losses as well.
I will forever associate 9/11 with you. Never turning the TV from Nickelodeon that morning I didn't even know anything had happened till I got to work and checked email to receive one from Donna that says, "don't worry, Steve Saideman is fine." I asked (Cherie, I think) why you wouldn't be, and found out.
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