Twelve years ago terrorists flew planes into several of our buildings attempting to bring down the world financial system. Back then people said the terrorist failed, but did they?
Their goal was to destroy the world financial system. They thought that bringing down a few buildings would achieve that goal. It didn’t. What it did was to set wheels in motion that would ultimately achieve their goals.
How? After 9-11, people were told to fight back by spending money, buying homes and going out on a limb to prove our financial system is more than a few buildings. We did everything we were told to do. Brokers, traders, dealers all conspired to build the economy.
We were doing what the terrorists failed to do. Greed, lies, misrepresentations and the assumption that the housing market had no top allowed everyone to continue moving down the road to disaster. People bought homes far above their means. Mortgage brokers and lenders provided loans to people who should never have been given those loans. Bonds were issued against those bad loan portfolios. And, insurance was secured against those ill fated bonds.
You might ask how the terrorists achieved their goals. By tapping our egos, the terrorists got us to
show how greedy and devious we really are. Bad mortgages, bad loans, bonds against those bad loans, etc. and that is only what we presently know.
Seven years and one day later, the world financial market, indeed, failed. And it failed because of
what we did, not what any terrorist blew up or brought down. Our greed and our ego brought us down. Even Alan Greenspan said he was wrong. He originally stated that the banking system could police itself. He later admitted that his assumptions were wrong.
Through sacrifice and hard work, we grew our economy back to the lousy place it stands right now, but will it ever be what it once was? Probably not. The bubble burst in September 2008. The world we knew back then, is gone. And maybe it should be. It was phoney anyway.
So what happens now? The world is not much safer than it was 12 years ago. Iraq and Afghanistan don’t seem to appreciate what we sacrificed for them. Our allies are not there for us as they were in the past. Internal wars such as in Syria seem to develop at an alarming rate. Our congress can get their heads out of their asses. And it seems our presidents can’t keep their noses out of everyone else’s business.
I’m all for protecting the security and the safety of our citizens, but why are we sending money and troops into countries that don’t give a damn about us in the first place? There were no weapons of mas destruction, yet we were spoon fed stories that proved there were. Really?
Maybe if we concentrated on building the United States into the world lead it used to be, the people of this country would feel safer and have better lives. If we stay out of Syria and put those billions of dollars Obama wants to spend there into our country, our future would improve.
If we continue along the path we are traveling the terrorists won’t have to bomb any of our buildings, our actions will bring us down.
The terrorist will indeed have achieved their goals!
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