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Whatever the take on 9/11, terrorism has become an international focus
Governments around the world had a heightened terror alert status after 9/11. Almost 2/3rds of Americans no longer approve of the US government's military response to 9/11 in Iraq. This is having serious political consequences for the administration. Americans can change their government by election, which will most likely begin happening in November. At present , Americans' dissatisfaction with their government is being heard around the world, because we still have the remnants of a free press. What has been lacking in America is adequate information about world events in the American press.|
There are reasons for this. There has been a concerted effort on the part of some wealthy and powerful Americans, aided by wealthy and powerful investors from around the globe, to control the flow of information in American media, to outsource American jobs to cheaper foreign labor markets, and to influence many countries' educational systems to educate the masses just to the extent that they become useful workers, but not to the extent that they have the education to really quesiton the actions of their governments. In America, this lack in the public education system effectively disenfranchises many voters through their ignorance of history and issues.
There is a deliberate restriction in the flow of information available from mainstream media in America today. Available information mostly supports administration actions. This has lead to a lack of critical thinking. The lack of critical thinking is also due to limits in public education. Without adequate information through education and the media, citizens don't know to demand more information in order to make more informed political decisions through their vote. A vicious cycle has been underway in global education for decades. Many Americans are waking up to these lacks, and are looking to foreign media to better understand both America and America's actions as viewed by the rest of the world.
9/11 is a tragedy whose truth is not yet completely known. Most Americans do not support their government's response to 9/11. Try as it will, the administration does not have the national support for its assertions that terrorists lurk around the globe, ready and willing to do in any and all American cities and military installations. It is not a reasonable threat assessment, and most Americans are quite aware of this.
An Australian friend who spends several months at a time in countries around the globe each year recently remarked on the great amount of freedom he observed in American society. He spends time each year in Germany, India, America, Australia, Hong Kong, and travels to other parts of the world. He has noted the decline in infrastructure recently in America, with airports being dirty and airplane seats being torn, much like in a so-called "third world" country. Americans are paying for their debt-backed current prosperity, and it's showing up in places like dirty airports.
But what he finds remarkable about America is the personal freedom we still enjoy. We complain long and loudly about our government and its policies. We are very displeased with the combat being waged in our name as Americans and with our tax dollars. We don't like our government's failed response to the Katrina tragedy. To voice this, we write letters to the editors, call our members of Congress and our local politicians, and vote those who implemented policies we don't like out of office.
The recent loss in a political primary by Senator Joseph Lieberman, one of this administration's strongest backers in the opposition party in Congress, indicates how strongly Americans feel about the administration. If a 17-year member of Congress can have his seat threatened because he backs the Bush administration, there is a sea change in American political thinking underway.
9/11 was a national and international tragedy. I don't think Americans will, in the long run, permit their government to use it as a wedge issue to continue to prosecute a manufactured war on terror that profits the few, and costs the many dearly.