" The amount of damaged or unrecoverable property hit $21.8 billion.
" Losses to the city of New York (lost jobs, lost taxes, damage to infrastructure, cleaning): $95 billion.
" Losses to the insurance industry: $40 billion.
And, on, and on. When you add it all up and then factor in what money did not go for--schools, healthcare, poverty alleviation etc etc--you realize how devastating it's been. We do not have many bragging rights in this exchange, in the sense that with GITMO and our deadly torture program, we have tried to outdo our enemies.
The Financial Crisis, from which we have still not recovered, hit six years after the towers went down. It was a self-afflicted wound for which few were punished. (Remember the heavily-hyped and costly effort back then to get Wall Street reopen for business? Did It! And then what?)
As 911 makes its annual calendar turn, let's understand who has benefited from the Terror wars and who hasn't, and why our economy and political system needs external enemies to fear, lest an angry public take a closer look at growing domestic economic inequality and its beneficiaries. No wonder Washington wants ISIS as the focus. And how do you think they present us to their supporters?
Filmmaker and News Dissector Danny Schechter has just finished a TV Series on the American Surveillance State. He blogs daily at NewsDissector.net and edits Mediachannel.org.
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