One yr after marking the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist assaults, the US finds itself struggling to carry on to its place because the world’s sole superpower

This yr marks the twenty first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist assault on the USA. Twenty-one just isn’t historically a high-profile day of remembrance. Folks prefer to mark the passing of the years based mostly upon the attractiveness of the calendar, versus the precise relevance of the second. One-year anniversaries are necessary; two years much less so. The tenth anniversary is a giant deal; not so the eleventh. 

Final yr, the US and the world marked the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 assaults. What made this date extra necessary than the easy passage of time was that it was related – the 2021 occasion marking America’s entry into what was to grow to be often called the “International Struggle on Terrorism” occurred lower than a month after America’s ignominious retreat from Afghanistan. The Kabul evacuation of August 2021 was the ultimate act in a two-decade-long drama which noticed the imaginative and prescient of a “new American century” espoused by an American neoconservative elite, who seemed to use the horror of 9/11 by turning it right into a catalyst for world domination, run aground on the shoals of geopolitical actuality, capsizing, and in the end sinking in a self-created storm of nationwide hubris.

The America that emerged from the 20-year coverage catastrophe that was the “Struggle on Terrorism” (comprised of a number of distinct conflicts, together with Afghanistan and, maybe most notably, Iraq) was chastened and humiliated, however not defeated or humbled. There’s a dichotomy between the geopolitical actuality the USA discovered itself in after 20 years of world neglect whereas squandering the nation’s blood, treasure, and fame within the deserts and mountains of the Center East, and the narcissistic conceitedness of an American management elite unable and/or unwilling to acknowledge the harm that they had achieved to the American enterprise, and as such nullify their collective utility in crafting applicable diplomatic, financial, and safety methods for restoration.

9/11 at 20-plus-one is the primary anniversary of this new actuality.

Not like a marriage anniversary, the place the bride and groom are cognizant of the initiating date and subsequent outcomes being celebrated, the shortcoming on the a part of the American collective – the folks, their management, and the mainstream media – to have interaction in fact-based, unemotional reflection on the place they had been on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, how they obtained there, and the place they had been headed implies that they fail to understand the truth that they’re marking a one-year anniversary of a post-9/11 actuality, which they appear largely unaware of.

After 20 years of wandering within the geopolitical wilderness of the Center East and Central Asia, America emerged a a lot weaker nation – militarily, economically, and diplomatically. Compounding this diminishment was the truth that whereas America was engaged in its two-decade act of self-immolation, the remainder of the world was not treading water, however relatively shifting ahead, constructing their very own capabilities which, whereas not essentially designed to confront the USA, put them in a much more advantageous place if the time ever got here to take action. 

Nations reminiscent of Iran, China, and Russia watched as America expended its energy chasing ghosts, taking to coronary heart the teachings America unwittingly was offering relating to its army functionality, financial vulnerabilities, and diplomatic shortcomings. These classes had been magnified by the chaotic classroom of American democracy, the place the world bore witness to the wild vacillations of coverage and precept that got here from a two-party system at warfare with itself. Eight years of the neoconservative aggression of George W. Bush was adopted by eight years of neoliberal deception beneath Barack Obama; the 4 years of hubris-driven chaos that was the Trump administration has in flip been changed by two years of misguided and incompetent revanchism by a Biden administration working beneath the premise that one can undo the harm achieved by many years of American coverage failure by merely prepared it away.

American democracy, the ostensible “shining metropolis on the hill” that was presupposed to encourage the remainder of the world to wish to be like us and as such comply with our lead, had been uncovered as a Potemkin village, little greater than a ghetto disguised as an upscale suburb. The world was capable of see this transformation happen earlier than its very eyes; Individuals, then again, remained blissfully unaware, coerced into ignorant submission by the false promise of unconstrained consumerism. 

Money owed, nonetheless, should ultimately be paid. 9/11 at 20-plus-one displays the fact of many of those payments, home and international, coming due.

The 20-plus-one anniversary of 9/11 finds the USA in a political civil warfare that threatens to blow up into partisan-driven violence of a scope and scale unseen because the unique American Civil Struggle. The dominance of the US greenback because the world’s reserve forex may be very a lot doubtful as international markets, fed up with American interference of their sovereign financial selections, are dropping the greenback in favor of regional forex “baskets.” After chiding Russia as being little greater than a “fuel station disguised as a nation,” the USA and its allies discover themselves within the place of motorists stranded on a freeway in the course of a wilderness, their gas tanks empty, and no fuel station in sight – primarily as a result of they closed all of the stations earlier than endeavor their journey. The financial sanctioning of Russia by the collective West has become an act of self-harm, with the economies of Europe collapsing, and America unable and/or unwilling to avoid wasting them.

American management was all the time predicated on the premise that the American mannequin of democratic governance helped produce the social, financial, and army energy the US relied upon to confront the forces of evil on this planet. 

This mannequin not exists, thanks largely to how America behaved within the first 20 years after the 9/11 assaults.

9/11 at 20-plus-one finds the USA coming head to head with the fact of what it has wrought, in Ukraine, within the Pacific, within the Center East, Africa, Asia … and at residence. Sow the wind, the Bible says, and reap the whirlwind.

The statements, views and opinions expressed on this column are solely these of the creator and don’t essentially symbolize these of RT.

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