We have met the Enemy–Retroflash by
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9-11 2001: over two thousand people dead in attack on the US.

It is not foreign terrorists who invaded the US Capitol, corrupted democracy, attacked the press, blocked voting, tried to install an unelected autocrat, attacked public health, imposed punishments with religious zealotry against women, or damaged the rule of law.

Bin Laden, the Saudi mastermind hidden in Pakistan: dead.

Untold Iraqis: dead for weapons of mass destruction they didn’t have.

ISIS arose: more death.

Afghanistan: twenty years of fighting and death. The Taliban is back.

A vast travel security surveillance system: installed.

Canadian border: hardened.

Results?

Twenty years on:  It is not foreign terrorists who invaded the US Capitol, corrupted democracy, attacked the press, blocked voting, tried to install an unelected autocrat, attacked public health, imposed punishments with religious zealotry against women, or damaged the rule of law.

 

 

 

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Characterizations: right on!

Comments

  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Exactly right, Khati. Where has this all led?

  2. Marian says:

    The roots of our reaction to 9/11 have yielded a lot of toxic growth, Khati. Each day I wake up hoping that enough people will be disgusted with where we are and start to fight back in earnest. Will it ever happen?

    • Khati Hendry says:

      Agreed. I have come to realize that very little “happens” clearly, but, to paraphrase MLK, with some perseverance the arc of the universe can bend in a better direction. Or not, but what are the options except to try and to support each other.

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    Perfect and profound RetroFlash Khati. I totally agree with your take on this and that cartoon (one of my favorites) is so true.

  4. John Shutkin says:

    Exactly right, Khati. Indeed, I had considered using this great Pogo line myself — so particularly glad you did. Man, this is one stupid crazy (and dangerous) country these days, and thanks mainly to white American guys.

  5. Suzy says:

    That Walt Kelly quote which originated in 1970 just never stops being relevant, unfortunately. As my RetroFlash also discusses, things now are scarier than ever. Hope there IS some way outta here, but many days I despair.

  6. Pogo was prescient indeed Khati.
    Heaven help us.

  7. As I read my way down our writing on this prompt, I’m struck by the shared survey of people, places and events that people have assembled. It’s as if we have all been moved toward the upcoming observation of yom Kippur, a day of atonement. But for us here, we have much to observe and little to atone for…. said the joker to the thief ;-).

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