19 Years Later, I Don’t Know What to Think
September 11, 2001. Those of us in our later twenties and older remember where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day. At the time, I hungrily devoured the little bits of news that could be shared. President Bush’s speech from the rubble of the Twin Towers uplifted me. I was ready for our government to use its avenging sword (cf. Romans 13.4).
Fast forward a few years, and the conspiracy theorists floated the idea that 9/11 was an inside job. They claimed that jet fuel couldn’t melt steel, despite the proclamations of such publications as Popular Mechanics that the fires sparked by jet fuel were undoubtedly hot enough for the steel to lose its structural integrity. I still believed that the idea that we could be behind this horrific tragedy was a “bunch of hooey.”
Things have since changed. I still do not believe that President Bush had anything to do with the events on 9/11. Yet, as I learn more about the Deep State ensconced in Washington, D.C., I am filled with doubt. There is a military-industrial complex. In his farewell address to the nation, President Eisenhower warned us about such. There are also the globalists who want to lessen America’s influence. Although most news outlets refuse to cover it, the FISA abuses leading to a false Russian collusion hoax certainly makes one take pause when it comes to our intelligence community. Can we believe what they say? Are there hidden actors seeking to pilot the great ship America in the direction of their machinations?
How does that even factor into the events of 9/11? Who was it that made a case for a war against Iraq? Why can’t we just pull out of the Middle East and let them have at each other even though it has been nearly 20 years? It seems that unelected bureaucrats are remaining in government, regardless of who the President may be, having a tremendous influence on the actions our country takes.
My purpose is not to put forth conspiracy theories. Instead, my point is that I no longer know what to believe. The events of 9/11 were horrific. I do not doubt that the 9 Saudis who piloted the planes into the World Trade Center buildings and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, were Islamic terrorists motivated by a perverse religious ideology. Yet, as with the idea that FDR knew the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor but remained silent so we could enter the Second World War, there will always be the temptation to doubt the official narrative given to us by our government. Was President Bush itching to get us into a war? That depends on the one to whom you talk.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is that “the secret things belong to God” (Deuteronomy 29.29). I realize the intention was religious applications, such as when the Apostles asked Jesus if God was going to restore the nation-state of Israel in Acts 1. Jesus told them it was none of their business since it falls into the purview of God. Yet, God made it abundantly clear through such prophets as Daniel that He was the one who appointed the governments of men (cf. Daniel 4.24-26). I am not trying to take the responsibility of our future out of our own hands, but there is a degree to which we are like “Forrest’s feather,” subject to both our choices and an unseen Providence.
The older I become, the more I realize there remains so much I do not know, and much I must still learn. So, here we are, 9/11/2020. It is 19 years after the tragedy of 9/11, and I no longer know what to think.
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Hi, my name is Brent. Christian. 親日. ENFP. Music lover. I've channeled my ADHD into becoming a generalist. I enjoy writing and illustrating.