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Schirch on Grieving on the 9/11 Anniversary

Lisa Schirch, PhD

I don’t agree with everything over at The Huffington Post, but I found this article by Lisa Schirch, a professor at Eastern Mennonite University, interesting. She is an expert in public policy and security, and points out six things that she was grieving on the 9/11 anniversary this year. Here is her intro, and her six points. To see the details of each, please read the original post.

In the days after 9/11, my colleague and I wrote a short article outlining A Long Term Strategy for American Security detailing ways the U.S. could respond to this crisis. But without any real public deliberation or contemplation, the U.S. rolled out the Global War on Terror playbook that instead of bringing security, has brought an expanded list of reasons to grieve and things to think about on this anniversary.

1. The U.S. response to 9/11 has cost thousands more people their lives.
2. The global economic crisis is in part due to the U.S. response to 9/11.
3. The U.S. is still on a path of “Domination” not “Partnership” in the family of nations.
4. Americans lost their freedom to ask the legitimate question, “Why Do They Hate Us?”
5. The US’s Global War on Terror has made the world less safe, more hostile.
6. The US is still not investing in a realistic security strategy

If you don’t believe her about the lack of improved security, you don’t need to look any further than yesterday’s coordinated attacks in Afghanistan.

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