If you go and look back in my archives, you'll find my thoughts about what happened.
Meanwhile, in Amerika, what has happened since then?
Our civil rights are being trampled, our natural resources are in danger of being raped, the innocence and brilliance which comprise our children -- our future -- have been left to fall through the cracks, and the wisdom and experience of our elders -- our past -- have been left to rot.
Not, all in all, a very good track record, by any reckoning.
So what now? What do we do? How do we manage this?
"Sorry, I got nothin'." I have NO ideas. It is all I can do to slog through the day-to-day bull manure that comprises the bottom layer of my current existence. I find myself quite glad to be at work, because it helps take my mind off that layer.
It may seem very cold, very self-serving, just to think of where I'm going, but if I can't take care of even myself, I can't help anyone else. So I have to fix me first.
And this, too, may seem cold, but here it is:
Five years ago, we got off EASY.
We lost somewhere in the vicinity of 3,000 to 5,000 people that day.
Since then, we have lost probably very close to 3,000 military and paramilitary personnel, reporters and missionaries.
We have probably taken ten times that number in foreign casualties, mostly civilian.
We have committed at least 1,000 reported hate crimes toward people, citizens of this country who looked like our aggressors.
We probably have committed a great number of unreported hate crimes towards more of these citizens.
Are you feeling proud to be a 'Murkin, yet?
We chose our battles unwisely. We changed our focus from Afghanistan/Pakistan, where our instigator is STILL purportedly in hiding (I think he's dead, and our clueless leadership is thinking they're going to show us his body and say, "See? We got 'im!".).
And in doing what we did in Iraq, we won the initial battle.
But we lost the war.
We need to bow out and let whatever will happen happen. "What happens in the Middle East stays in the Middle East," as the saying goes. Or is that Las Vegas? Either way.
Taking out Saddam Hussein was a mistake. Sure, he was a dictator, and his regime was oppressive, but was it more oppressive than anything else going on over there? Come on, what are we going to do, take out every country that doesn't foster democracy?
Something occurred to me a while ago. We're not out to spread democracy, or our politics. We're out to spread our brand of capitalism, to spread our poisonous economy of artifice to the rest of the undeveloped world, even if that means undeveloping other parts of the world.
We were complicit with what happened five years ago. If you don't believe that, you haven't been paying attention.
So we deserved everything we've reaped since then.
Pay Attention. Your future depends on it.