CNN Remembers: 9/11 20 Years After, A Special Report
By Chester E. Jakoff and Carla Marx, CNN
Updated 11:11 AM ET, Saturday September 11, 2021
(CNN)- Who among us doesn’t recall the mostly peaceful events of that beautiful Tuesday morning 20 years ago when some people, labeled “insurgents” by those on the far right, did some things? Nineteen Middle Easterners from mostly upstanding and respected families, some including austere religious leaders, became so frustrated at the blatant and continual xenophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, and homophobic behavior of the United States that they finally lashed out a bit, and inappropriately at that. Thankfully, the irritated “insurgents” were only successful in hijacking and directing three out of four airliners or the resulting damage could have been worse. Sadly, the Suburban Cowboy, then President George W. Bush, overreacted to the mayhem and put the U.S. on an ugly and vicious path of retribution and revenge, one which lasted until President Barack Obama (praise and peace be forever upon him) wisely steered the nation toward a path of peace and harmony with all. Unfortunately, the progress made by the Obama administration has been all but obliterated by President Trump and Vice-President Pence, who have courted and fomented violence at home and abroad, and the nation tragically finds itself more divided than ever. Let us all hope that the nascent Biden administration can now bring us all together, heal our wounds, and save the union.