9-11 and the long emergency

9-11_manhattan.jpgOn this sad and solemn anniversary we observe a moment of silent reflection for the violence to democratic civilization set in motion by the events of September 11th, 2001 — not only the attacks themselves, but the gradual, insidious perversion of American government that this nation’s own administration has since accomplished using those events as a pretext.

While we honor the memories of the fallen, let’s not allow the legacy of that unforgettable day to be hijacked by either end of the political spectrum. And let’s put the “War on Terror” in its proper perspective — in the words of Lester Brown:

“Facing many threats simultaneously means setting priorities. Terrorism is one of those threats. No question. But it is not even close to being the top threat facing our early twenty-first century civilization. Population growth, climate change, spreading water shortages, rising oil prices, and a potential rise in food prices that could lead to unprecedented political instability are the leading threats.”

As the saying goes, albeit usually in a different context, “Never forget”.



About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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