In Remembrance

In+Remembrance

Clay Olderham, Staff Writer

As we move more and more into the future, we spend valuable time not knowing it could be the last grain of sand in the hourglass, but as we know, our time of living is not unlimited, so we take our pride, knowledge, nature, and everything we know and tend to anything personally concerning or exciting. 

Bullets in the skies shining like a star, and bombs in the air exploding like confetti. War is not the best thing to happen, nor the worst. As a country, we could not let our strengths be defeated and our weaknesses be emphasized by the enemy side.

In hopes of putting fear in the United States, Al-Qaeda struck monumental structures as a representation of power. At 8:46 AM on September 11th, 2001 the north tower of The World Trade Center (Twin Towers) was struck by a Boeing 767-223ER. 17 minutes after the first strike, the south tower was then struck by a Boeing 767-200. These strikes occurred to symbolically destroy the structure of the economy and globalization, claiming 2,753 lives in the process. While causing havoc in downtown Manhattan, they were also setting their reign of terror in the state of Virginia and Pennsylvania. At 9:43 AM the headquarters for the United States Department of Defense (The Pentagon) was struck by a Boeing 757-223 to symbolically destroy the core of the United States military, claiming the lives of 184 people. In a struggled attempt to hijack Flight 93, the Boeing 757-222 then crashed into a field in Somerset, Pennsylvania at 10:03 AM claiming the lives of 40 people (CNN).

Shortly after the devastating September 11th, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the United States put the world on hold and set our soldiers on the front line to fight for justice in Afghanistan against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

In the two-decade span of 2001 to 2021, at least 800,000 US soldiers were deployed in Afghanistan, at least $300,000,000 a day for military operations and reconstruction were spent, and 7,268 days were spent in Afghanistan, with some soldiers still left behind (Crane).

In the time of war, too many people have left the earth too soon. At least 2,448 United States servicemen were killed in Afghanistan, 3,846 US contractors, 1,144 US allies, 66,000 Afghanistan military servicemen/police officers, 47,245 Afghan civilians, and 51,191 Taliban or other oppositions, totaling 171,874 deaths. (usnews.com)

As the war has come to an end and Afghanistan has recently been taken over by the Taliban, the new government plan does not include any former authoritative figures. The political leader of the Taliban, Abdul Ghani Baradar is presumed to be the president of the newly formed government, and Haibatullah Akhundzada will be taking the place of the supreme leader. Even though that the Taliban are promising amnesty for enemies, to let people who have decided to leave Afghanistan leave the country, and to not terrorize the people of Afghanistan, this new government is predicted to cause an even bigger plummet to the Afghan population, economy, and communities (The Washington Post).