Three years ago, the world’s most powerful nation suffered from the 9/11 terrorist attack that killed thousands of its people. The United States government retaliated by attacking Afghanistan, believed to be the base of Osama bin Laden, main suspect in the World Trade Center Attack.
Later, it claimed that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with bin Laden’s al Qaeda. Thus, with a little help from its friends in the so-called “coalition of the willing”–to which Philippine President Arroyo enthusiastically dragged her nation–US invaded Iraq and killed around 12,000 Iraqi civilians and a thousand of its own soldiers.
What preceded these is a century of US aggression–I’m beginning the count here with the US invasion of the Philippines in mind) all over the world. When it was attacked in September 2001, it then went on a rampage of attacks against its perceived enemies, instead of reviewing its policy in dealing with other nations.
Three years after the terror in New York, is the US and the world safer as a result of its reaction to that attack?
Recent news in the Asia Pacific region say otherwise.