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I remember watching the events of September 11 unfold live, and being very upset and disturbed by them. Even as a stupid teenager, I never liked the US foreign policy based on the very little that I knew and understood back then. However, I fully supported US bombing the shit out Afghanistan.

Today, I saw the following image shared on Facebook by a friend, and it inspired me to write this post.

9/11 is no big deal in comparison by IvanAndreevich

It's always important to see the big picture, and not miss the forest for the trees. Since 911 roughly, 100,000,000 people have died from hunger, which is a total of 30,000 911's in the last 11 years or over seven 911's per day. You tell me what is worse one: 911 in 11 years, or seven of them EVERY DAY.

But it's so mundane, and boring - right? Who cares about dirty little children dying in dirty little countries you can't even locate on the map. Almost nobody. This is not a rhetorical question, or speculation - it's a statement of fact. You don't really care, and I don't care. Our actions speak for themselves, and it's pointless to deny it.

If you got a flat tire today, you'd be more upset than if tens of thousands of innocent people died from hunger somewhere far away. Well, they actually did die today. In fact, a few just died in the time that it took you to read that sentence. But you don't really care all that much.

I'll speak for myself and say that I could feed myself a complete and nutritious diet for about $2 per day, which would have sufficient proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It wouldn't be very tasty, and it would be repetitive. However, for the difference in the price I could easily feed 5 people and save them from starvation. But I won't do that, and you won't either. We just really do fucking care more about a tasty meal more than about saving someone we don't know personally from starvation.

Oh yes, we'd much rather get that sixth pair of shoes, twentieth t-shirt, or make ourselves feel good by spending $1T to kill Bin Laden and chant "USA, USA, USA..." like a horde of morons in front of the White House at night, while sending many more Americans (or Canadians, and Australians, etc) to die overseas.

The politicians we elect blow $1,000,000,000,000 (holy shit, it's hard to keep track of all those zeroes) on counter-terrorism activities, while bathtubs, and car accidents kill THOUSANDS of times more people than terrorists every year - reason.com/archives/2011/09/06… That means that hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent for every life saved from terrorists. It's pointless to argue: this is a HUGE misallocation of resources! By simply using that money for healthcare or education, we could save the lives of thousands of times more people. Oh, and that one TRILLION doesn't even include the cost of overseas wars, or the lives lost in them - that's just domestic stuff like the patriot act, TSA agents fondling children's genitalia at airports, drones spying into your bathroom window, etc.

While trillions of dollars were laundered by the military industrial complex bringing "freedom" to a few countries in the middle east, and taking freedoms and privacy away from us in the West, hardly a mention is given to the more important problems facing the world. What has been the bigger tragedy - 911, or the horrendous and disproportional response by the American government and public? In my opinion, the latter.

Oh sure, America got screwed by some terrorists on 911. But guess what? It's not that big of a deal compared to what came later at the hands of Bush and Obama. Terrorists only blew up a few buildings and killed a few thousand people. The puny bearded virgin imbeciles with a love for killing the innocent never had a chance of bringing us down.

But, as always, our own governments to the rescue. Bush and Obama substantially eroded the core values of western society - freedom of speech, habeas corpus, and the right to be defended in a court of law.

Indefinite detention without trial? You got it. Some people have been in Guantanamo for 11 years without ever being charged. Obama promised to close it as part of his hope and change, but now the gutless media won't hold him to account.

Assassination of US citizens (or anyone, really) without ever being charged with a crime? You got it. al-Awlaki, and more importantly his 16 year old son born in Colorado murdered via drone strike. Can you imagine being the mother of the boy, and having him killed by the government? I mean let's weigh her options here. There's not a shit she can do to hold anyone accountable. She won't even get media time. Suddenly, that suicide vest is starting to look like a sound option.

Right to privacy? Gone with the Patriot Act which Bush passed, and Obama pledged to repeal. But I knew that lying excuse of a slick politician would never do that. Neither would Romney or McCain, by the way. Yeah, he just extended it instead.

All of that thrown under the train for something that is a thousand times less dangerous than bathtubs and bad roads.

I know that many of you will find this post distasteful, rude, and very inconsiderate despite all the facts that I presented arguing to the contrary. I think that overcoming the emotional baggage and analyzing the facts is a very important and underrated skill. If you feel strongly about 911, perhaps the politicians have you by the balls, and can easily get away with achieving their ends while skillfully playing on your feelings.

Oh, and let's set the record straight. In my opinion, 911 was not an inside job. If you think it was, I have nothing but contempt and ridicule for your critical faculties. I had many questions about what happened after watching some pseudo-documentaries on Youtube, but all these questions had expansive and detailed answers. There were no explosives, building seven didn't collapse at free fall speeds, etc.

Do I feel respect for the victims of 911? Not really, because they are dead. I feel much more respect, and indeed optimism and hope for the future, for the people who are still alive but dying from hunger or curable diseases. They can be saved by the million at a low cost, while our freedoms and rights are also protected. Innocent life is on sale today - 99.999% off the government-inflated counter-terrorism price. Are you buying?

PS Please keep this - ivanandreevich.deviantart.com/… - question and the poll results in mind as you reflect on this post.
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:icontulmur95:
Frankly, you digust me!!! Talking with such upmost disrespect and carelessness to what 3,000 innocent people went through, and here you are trash talking them?! What kind of human are you?! A human has a soul, as far as I know. And you my friend, have no soul. Heck, you act so...... UNamerican. How would YOU like to be trapped in a burning building with no way out?! You'd cry and beg for mercy!! What you say about the victims, the innocent people, of all orgions and races, flabbergasts me beyond all rational words. You say to "F" 9-11? Well, the victims would likely say "F" YOU in response!
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IvanAndreevich Dec 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
| and here you are trash talking them?!

I'm not trash talking the victims. I'm trash talking people like you.

| Heck, you act so...... UNamerican

Well fuck me and all I have to say, if I'm unamerican? Also fuck Einstein for the same reason, and ESPECIALLY fuck Jesus.

| How would YOU like to be trapped in a burning building with no way out?! You'd cry and beg for mercy!!

Beats dying from hunger.
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Theblackops2master Nov 2, 2013  Student Artist
How if you got trapped in the building hmm hater gona hate you prick/whore
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veinne Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Fact: calling people degrading names that are neither logical nor true does nothing to make your point any more valid.
Nobody here means any disrespect towards the victims of 911, and their deaths are certainly a tragic loss, but as a nation the USA needs to move on to the bigger problems it needs to solve. A lot more civilians in other countries have died in the aftermath of 911 than the number of US victims in the actual event.
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:iconxi-ix:
That was a logical, thoughtful post. You obviously have not been successfully brain washed. You are now an enemy of the establishment. Watch your back!
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IvanAndreevich Sep 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Ha, I'm not that paranoid and not that inflammatory.
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YTPDude Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You... you are a genius. :iconclappingplz:
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Akiraherr Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you know Americans spend $50 billion on our pets each year when it would take $16.25 billion to feed every hungry child in the world for a month?
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Steamstrike Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with what you said... but do you know what also I think is the worst? That people who go on about how we must never forget 9/11 fail to recognize the architect of the buildings. It's hypocritical of them. "We must never forget"... yet they forget that buildings don't build themselves. Average everyday people are not architects, they are not engineers, and they have no respect for the amount of work that goes into building something like that. But of course, no one cares about the creation of great buildings... only the destruction.
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:icontouch-not-this-cat:
I think, if you were to ask the avarage poor 3rd worlder whether he would rather starve uncertainly, but have a fighting chance at finding food and possibly surviving, or be murdered in a swift, sudden way with no hope of survival, they he would choose the former.
Why he would do this: most cultures and religions teach that suffering is a part of life, and have some version of the notion that "GOD, (or gods) gives, and GOD takes away." They also have some notion that man has no right, of his own mere motives, to take the life of an inocent without retribution, (though many peacfull groups are content leave that to the afterlife.)
It is also HIGHLY abnormal to disregard events like this as unimportant. Its like those old german pesimist philosiphers who argued that birthdays and funerals are unimportant, just another day. But then it is also highly abnormal for a govornment to ignore the murder of an ambasador, it is weakness, and weakness in a countrie's BORDERS, LANGUAGE, & CULTURE, will be exploited by her enimies. If a sleeping giant has gotten so fat, lazy and stupid that he can't be bothered to seal his cave to keep out the vermin that sneak in, and eat their way into his brain, then it does not matter how small they are, THEY WILL KILL HIM. Then we can all be equal with the world, starving as much as anyone else, with not even the most distant hope that there is a country out there that might offer a better life, "Give me your poor and your Huddled Masses...."?
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