But make no mistake: We are not okay.
On September 11, 2001, our great nation came together in a beautiful display of unity. For a season those boundaries that typically divide us faded into the background. Religion. Ethnicity. Political Affiliation. Socioeconomic Status.
Unfortunately, the unity and camaraderie of that time faded even before the fires stopped smoldering some 100 days later. In fact, the poltical posturing began almost immediately, and 26 days after the attacks, the U.S. military began bombing Afghanistan.
THE PASSING OF TIME
It has been a long time since September 11, 2001:
- 4018 days
- 574 weeks
- 96,432 hours
- 5,785,920 minutes
- 347,155,200 seconds
All that time, yet we are not okay.
THE PRICE OF PROTECTION
In many ways we are worse off now than we were then.
- More than 2000 U.S. service men and women killed (casualties.org/oef/)
- Nearly 16,000 U.S. service men and women wounded (casualties.org/oef/)
- Nearly $807 billion spent on war in Iraq — and nearly $565 billion spent on war in Afghanistan (costofwar.com)
- $635.9 billion spent on Homeland Security (nationalpriorities.com)
All that sacrifice . . . all that expense, yet we are not okay.
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