Dear Mr. President,
On the eve of September 11th I can’t help but think of not only the horrific loss of lives on that day, but the loss of our security and the belief that we were safe in our own country. Wars and violence and terrorism happened to other people in other places around the world, not to our people and not in our country.
We were wrong…
In the ten years since that awful day we have suffered even more devastating losses… Over 6000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Devastating because these wars were unwarranted, and the cost in lives lost, family devastation, and human suffering is incalculable, and yet we are still fighting and still killing and still sacrificing our young and women.
Our rush to war was wrong…
Over 300,000 men and women suffer from PTSD related to those wars, and an estimated 320,000 Vets have brain injuries. Tens of thousands more have lost one or more limbs, and worse yet, over 6000 U.S. war veterans commit suicide every year, that’s 18 every single day.
And while you urge each of us to remember the innocent victims of September 11th, I urge you and everyone else, to remember the innocent lives that have been sacrificed since then, and the lives of the families that have lost loved ones in two unfunded, unnecessary and unjustified wars.
It is wrong…
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan both sound noble, but what freedoms, and whose freedom has actually been secured? Americans are a lot less free… we still have warrantless wiretapping, ridiculous airport security procedures involving shoes and underwear, the rise of anti-Muslim hate crimes, and the loss of innumerable civil liberties that were part of our democracy.
The Iraqi’s and Afghani’s just want freedom from America’s interference in their country… and freedom from our bombs and our weapons of mass destruction.
I ask you Mr. President, on the eve of 9/11… Has the loss of lives, the human suffering, the sacrifices, the destruction of our economy, the world economy, our freedoms, the security of our country and around the world, been worth the price we paid and continue to pay each and every day?
Let’s honor those innocent victims of 9/11 by turning these wrongs into rights, and bring our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and our sons and daughters home.
Your Gadfly Granny