- The fallout and loss of life from the “surgical” air strikes against the World Trade towers by manned missiles in the form of airplanes are the perfect example of the fallacy “surgical” air strikes.
- The rage of the American people against those who flew those airplanes is the perfect example of the unifying force of anger against actions taken against one’s homeland.
- The subsequent retaliation was and is a perfect example that bombing a country will, indeed, be seen as an act of war by that country’s inhabitants, who will respond accordingly.
- The number of civilian deaths on that day, and in the subsequent actions against Iraq and Afghanistan, is a perfect example that an air strike, and resulting retaliation, will always be felt most heavily on those not involved in the conflict.
- The stigma attached by the American people to those who resemble those who perpetuated the attack against the World Trade towers is a perfect example that we will all be held accountable for the actions of a select few.
The list goes on and on. The American people, in their strong resistance to an attack against Syria, have learned these lessons. But, alas, our leaders have not. If we really want to make the memory of this day mean something, then we should remind our leaders, in no uncertain terms, how we all felt that day, and direct them, in no uncertain terms, to stop creating reasons to cause those feelings in anyone else.