A woman places a hand on the names engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you are 25 years old or younger, chances are you don’t recall a thing about the events that occurred 18 years ago today.
That’s too bad. Reading up on it is in order, because what happened on September 11, 2001 continues to have a major impact on our country today.
Just under 3,000 people were murdered that day by a deranged Islamic terror group with an ideology right out of the Stone Age. More than 6,000 others were injured.
The atrocities plunged us into an official state of emergency that is still in effect, changed our laws and our way of life, and fueled deep political and social divisions.
Two wars and nearly 7,000 US military deaths later, are we really any safer?
Al-Qaeda and its partners in crime have certainly taken a hit, but terrorism continues to hit home.
Since the 9/11 mass murders in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, according toa 2017 government report, there have been 85 fatal terrorist attacks on US soil.
Two-thirds of them have been committed by far-right extremists; the remainder were by radical Islamic extremists, with half of those coming in the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre.
Despite those numbers, the demonization of Muslims remains a potent political tool. And as the failed Taliban peace talks demonstrate, we seem no closer to finding a way out of our post-9/11 mess.
So 20-somethings and teenagers, by all means, study up on 9/11 and its aftermath.
You will learn a lot about what we didn’t know before, and still don’t understand since.
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