At first, it seemed that the events of September 11, 2001 would be my generation’s Pearl Harbor. I was 29 years old, the father of five children, and working at a decent job at Fidelity Investments. That one sunny day 21 years ago went from another dreary day of working in financial services to a horrifying disaster. Some of the vivid memories of those events included talking to my wife on the phone about a plane hitting the World Trade Center while she was home with the kids watching Fox News when she said something that made a mildly interesting bit of news turn into something else when I heard her say that a second plane had hit the other tower. What happened next is the stuff of history, although history doesn’t always reflect what really occurred.
I have tried to compartmentalize that day. There is what actually happened to the people that died, in the planes and the towers. Real people with families that were murdered as part of an ongoing struggle.
Then there is what happened after the attacks and, this is where my thinking has changed a lot, what happened before the attacks. I make no claim to know what happened, who was actually responsible, what their motivation was, but I am pretty sure that the official narrative is largely bullshit. Who did 9/11? Was it an inside job, the Feds, Mossad, some other international actor? Don’t know. Whoever did it, whatever their aim, it crushed the last little bit of the old America and paved the way for the surveillance state and the 20 year cash grab under the guise of “The War On Terror”.
If it was done by a state actor, then the mission was a success. 21 long, cynical years later and I still get a little choked up watch the news from that day. It still feels like a punch in the stomach. As far as a psyop, this was a masterpiece.
Normal to not normal to nightmare in just a few short minutes. The talking heads were scrambling trying to respond to the events changing.
What an awful day. I remember driving to work the next day, I was in a small office tower in northern Kentucky on the Ohio River looking into Cincinnati. My commute to work always included a ton of plane traffic in the skies as the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati airport is a major hub for Delta but the skies were empty for days afterward.
Meanwhile the alleged mastermind behind 9/11 is still rotting in Gitmo. Makes me suspect that They don’t want anyone to hear what he has to say. I bet he has some interesting stories.
We will likely never know what really happened but I know this. The best scenario from that day is that 19 goat-humpers got to meet Allah after getting really lucky. That is also the least likely explanation. Every other possible scenario is far worse.