Children born on Sept. 11th, 2001 now old enough to continue the War on Terror
Eighteen years have passed since the beginning of the War on Terror- and now people born on September 11, 2001, are old enough to fight in a conflict that has been going on since the day they came into the world.
Spurred into a gallop by the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the United States initiated the Global War on Terror and soon invaded Afghanistan, after the Taliban refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, the man believed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. While bin Laden has since been neutralized, the conflict continues.
A few years later, the United States invaded Iraq, where they participated in a war lasting from 2003 to 2010, only to be forced to return years later after the Islamic State rose to power in Iraq and Syria.
From the Philippines to Africa, the United States has been engaged in some form of military conflict, be it sending “advisors” or partaking in direct action against Islamic militants.
Now, 18 years later, the very children who were born on one of America’s darkest days are now old enough to participate in a life-long war, one which still uses the symbolism of 9/11 to drive its troops forward.
As the “War on Terror” continues, it becomes apparent that some of its participants are so young, that -unlike many who took action before them- they were not old enough to properly “remember” the attacks.
Much like the assassination of John F. Kennedy, many people who were children or adults on 9/11 can tell you the exact place and time when they witnessed the attack, be it in New York City, Washington DC or in front of television screens around the world.
For this new generation of soldiers, however, it is an incident that took place on now-grainy archive footage- a far-away event that has shaped their lives from birth, yet still has a hold on their futures as they enter military service.
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