The only reaction that I received from the last post was via a
Facebook response from a friend of a friend - remarking that we cannot talk about the 9/11 attacks - or sabotage- or false flag operation - as that is too polarizing an issue.
So let us look for a moment at the results of the 9-11 attacks.
Let us simply look at the financial result. The United States accounts for one half of the world's military spending.
Since 9/11 the US military budget has increased at the rate of 10% a year.
The US military spending has doubled since 9/11. This rise has not only been for war related costs but for expansion of the Defense Department.
See graph here.
The new budget includes even grater increases.
When discussing the Federal Budget, many include both Social Security and Medicare in the total federal pie, as seen in the link above.
However, Social Security and Medicare are both funded independently, from their own particular taxes. Those funds do not come from general tax revenue.
A more honest portrayal of the Federal Budget, one which shows the military spending as a percentage of the federal budget is shown here.
In order to move the political discussion forward, peacemakers would be well advised to educate the populace on the percentage of the their tax dollars which are being absorbed by the military.
This is the money that would otherwise be available to be spent on infrastructure, education, research, and all other federal programs which are not war related.
We must take time to engage in thoughtful and peaceful engagement with those Americans who are angry and frightened.
It would help if we were informed and mindful of the facts at hand.