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Writer's Block: Infamous

Today is known to some as the Day of Infamy, in commemoration of what happened at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In your lifetime, what date sticks out as the most memorable in terms of world events?
Is this a trick question? 9/11 WAS our Pearl Harbour.

However, just like I maintained a few years ago, the incidents left a strikingly different mark on us. Pearl Harbour brought the country together, and though it brought us into a war, it was a just war, and we were able to ultimately, positively affect the course of history because of it. We can argue until we're blue in the face over whether or not FDR let it happen intentionally or not, but the fact is that we went in, kicked ass, and had a period of prosperity post-war that led right up until Vietnam.

The period after 9/11 that I was actually on land for (remember, we floated right into New York Harbour) was not filled with unison the way it was in 1941. It was filled with jingoism, and security theatre. The last great moment we had was George Bush throwing a strike to start off the 2001 World Series; after that, it was a battle to continue to stoke the fears of Americans, which the party in charge used to get across anything they wanted; I compare it to what Canada's going through with Harper, where they're using one crisis to bring about ideologically slanted laws that have nothing to do with anything, figuring that the populace is either too scared or too distracted to notice. Furthermore, those fears - despite the fact that our government was around during the biggest terrorist strike on our soil - were successfully used to keep them in office despite a damning war that had almost nothing to do with the initial strike ("Ladies and gentlemen, on September 11, 2001, America was attacked by religious extremists coming from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan... which means, of course, that we were attacked by IRAQ"), all of which were done for special interests that had ties to the White House. Our government in 1941 took care of the country. The government in 2001 took care of themselves and their people. Big difference.

(Obviously, the above statement doesn't count for anyone that was Japanese-American. Let's not ever forget what we did to the Japanese Americans during the war, and even after the war. That's an important lesson that we seem to have never learned as a people)

9/11 is used as a blunt object to beat us over the heads when we question wireless tapping programmes, idiotic security measures that only serve to let people know "we're doing this because of 9/11! Shut up and obey!", like taking our shoes off at the airport, and anything else that is passed against the people. Both sides use Bin Laden as the big bogey man, promising that they're going to kill a person that I wonder - honestly - if we've heard from since 2003. 9/11 was not only the worst thing that we've been through in our lifetime, but it's shown our true nature, as a governing power (until recently, for the most part) and as a people.

I don't think we can say that about Pearl Harbour.