posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 12:56 PM
I've been having a reflexion for a while now and would like to hear what others think.
When I was younger, maybe 10 year old or so, I was terrified of the news and I remember my parents would always watch them around 8-9 pm so I would
see images of the Israel Palestine conflict and stuff like that. I remember at one point I was scared to the point of not being able to sleep. It was
when the US were shooting missiles at the Presidential palace in Irak, after the original gulf war and before 9/11. All these events had an emotional
impact and are probably what got me interested in politics so young. Then came 9/11 and I remember when it happened, I was preparing to go to a class
in my first year of pre-college. Of course I ended up not going to it and watching the news instead.
Now, 9 years have passed and I'm wondering what's happening with the 20 year olds and under that basically were only kids when the planes hit. Are
they afraid of flying? Are they incredibly scared of terrorism? I know when I was 15 y/o, terrorism wasn't an issue in the west or european countries
that much. I was used to wars being something other countries did, not mine (I'm canadian). Then after 9/11 we started getting force fed terrorism in
the news. Terrorism became an excuse for all sorts of political moves, from attacking other countries to instituting more strict regulations regarding
security. Is it just normal for them now to have some super-powerful country policing the world? Is it normal to be in a perpetual state of war? Is it
normal to pass laws because of terrorism?
I guess George Orwell hit the nail on the head. A handful of groups of countries are forcing a state of perpetual war in order to keep the economy
going. An undefeatable enemy.Could the Irak and Afghanistan war be dragging on purposely in order to desensitize the next generation? So that they
always remember war and when the next one happens, it's going to be business as usual? So they accept tighter control of their lives? To make them
docile? What happens if from now on, the world is in a constant state of war?
The older generations will keep on reminiscing of peaceful times until we all die off and then the next generation will basically be at the mercy of
the people in control, orchestrating wars for their own benefit.
Whew, this is depressing!
Some reading on the subject :
PTSD and children after 9/11 :
Young children's response to 9/11 :
Terrorist Attacks and Children :
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