I don't get 9/11

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I know a lot of people are gonna get mad about this, and that's my point. I don't care, but a part of me enjoys pissing people off. You can't be surprised. There is nothing more fun than arguing with random people online. Happy September 11th, if you live in Catalonia!

Submitted: September 11, 2019

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It’s been 18 years since 9/11 and I only remembered it an hour ago, when my brother told me how their Finnish teacher asked where they were when it happened. My brother and all the people in his class, are born in 2002 so they all just looked at their teacher like she’s stupid. Same thing happened to me and my friends a few years ago. Of course we were alive, but I was 13 months old. You can’t expect babies to remember that shit, but I do know where I was. But that’s thanks to my mom telling me. I suppose it’s one of the things teachers will randomly ask you on this day. That’s the only way 9/11 shows in my personal life. Thankfully Finnish media is pretty nice and doesn’t bother to make it a big deal every fucking year, so if my brother hadn’t mentioned it, I would’ve probably realized it even later. And yes, it’s 20.30 here, so I’ve managed almost the whole day.

I don’t get the idea of making the thing such a big deal each year. Yes, I know it’s important for many Americans but I wonder if that will ever go away. What’s 9/11 going to be like in 40 years when majority of the population doesn’t remember 2001? I know that 9/11 had a huge impact on millennials as they were growing up, but us Gen Z? We don’t remember that happening because we were so young. What’s it going to be like when the people who are born now, 18 years later, run the world? It’s an interesting thing to think about, because September of 2001 was such a game-changer in modern history.

I love the sentence “never forget”, because it’s hilarious. People forget. Or maybe that’s the wrong way to say it. People remember, but we don’t care. History repeats itself, and we think we learn from it, but that’s not true. Look at any genocide in human history. We talk about Rwanda or the Holocaust as if we as humanity learnt from that, but it’s bullshit. We’re letting Xi Jing Ping run concentration camps in China. We’re letting Benjamin Netanyahu run concentration camps in Gaza. We’re letting Kurdis and Rohingyas be killed in Asia. We know this shit is happening, but no one really cares enough to do something about it.

9/11 was different. The first time someone actually attacked the US. Both World Wars were fought in Asia and Europe. But then again, that war is now fought somewhere else. The US was attacked, but then what? America decided to invade a couple of countries across the world. And this is exactly what pisses me off about this whole day. Yes, war is justified if it’s in defence, but America is not doing that. It’s been 18 years, and why do we feel bad for the people who died in one day, and not everyone else? About 3000 died during the several attacks on September 11th 2001, but that’s nothing. In my opinion, we should acknowledge the 70 000 people who have died because of that. And yes, over 62 000 of those people are Afghanis. Less than 3000 are Americans. Not to mention, those are the troops. Almost 40 000 civilians have been killed since then, and we only feel sorry for the people who died in the one day of a war that has been going on for 18 years. 9/11 started the war on terror globally, but why do we only care about one day and its casualties? If I wanted to be really patriotic for some reason, I’d mourn the two Finns who have died fighting America’s war but that’d be pretty useless. I still feel worse for the people in the Middle East who have to deal with all this, than I ever will for any American who might have lost someone that day.

I personally just can’t understand why it is such a big part of every American’s life, even if they had nothing to do with it. It’s nice to honor people who might have actually done something but… most of the people who died on that day were civilians. And no, I’m not ignorant, I know a plane crashed in the Pentagon, but most people affected were in New York. Why “honor” those people for randomly dying? That’s what I don’t get. But then again, Americans have some weird traditions and ways of doing things. Like seriously. Celsius and kilometres, people. And September 11th is 11/9, not 9/11, stop confusing the rest of the world with that.


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